usr/ports make readmes & description

Polytropon freebsd at
Wed Sep 30 12:29:08 UTC 2020

On Wed, 30 Sep 2020 01:59:48 +0100, tech-lists wrote:
> Years ago one could go into /usr/ports and make readmes for every single port.
> It'd take a while, but you'd end up with a ports tree browsable comfortably in
> lynx. Nowadays, make readmes only works for the top level ie /usr/ports/category and 
> won't make the longer descriptions in HTML.
> How can I get the old behaviour back?

According to "man 7 ports", this is still supported:

readmes	      Create a port's README.html.  This can be	used from
	      /usr/ports to create a browsable web of all ports	on
	      your system!

See /usr/ports/Mk/ for the target.

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