local ports collection

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Tue Dec 3 17:18:35 UTC 2013

till plewe <till.plewe at gmail.com> writes:

> I would like to use the ports tree to install and manage packages inside my
> home directory. I tried setting:

Don't use DESTDIR; it doesn't do what you think it does.
[What did you think it did anyway, and why?]

> to directories within my home directory but then I get error messages like
> $ make build
> ===>  Creating some important subdirectories
> mount_nullfs: Operation not permitted
> when trying to build/install ports.
> Any suggestions on how to use ports completely avoiding root?
> (I rented space on a server and have permission to install binaries
> but do not have root access)

You'll probably have to change SU_CMD as well. 
Something like "su $USER -c" should do it.
And you may need to bootstrap the pkg(8) command somehow.

Good luck.

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