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PORTLINT(1)		FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		   PORTLINT(1)

     portlint -- a verifier for	port directories

     portlint [-abcghvtACNV] [-M ENV] [-B n] [dir]

     portlint tries to verify the content of a port directory.	The purpose of
     portlint can be separated into two	parts: (1) to let the submitters eas-
     ily polish	their own port directory, and (2) to decrease the labor	of the

     portlint uses very	simple regular-expression matching for verifying files
     that make up a port directory.  Note that it does NOT implement a com-
     plete parser for those files.  Because of this the	user may see some
     extra warnings, especially	when checking complex Makefiles.


     -a		 Perform additional checks for extra files, such as scripts/*
		 and pkg-*.

     -b		 Warn the use of $(VARIABLE).  Some of the committers prefer
		 ${VARIABLE} instead of	$(VARIABLE), even though they are
		 semantically the same.

     -c		 Committer flag.  It will add several checks useful only for
		 committers.  If you are a committer and performing check just
		 before	committing a port, use this option.

     -g		 Group and consolidate errors so that redundant	error messages
		 are rolled up into one	line with a list of all	affected line
		 numbers (where	appropriate).  This option is disabled if -v
		 is specified.

     -h		 Show the summary of command line options, then	exit.

     -m		 Adds checks for $PORTSDIR/MOVED, $PORTSDIR/UIDs, and $PORTS-

     -v		 Be verbose.  Show the progress	report for items that are
		 being checked.

     -t		 Nit pick about	use of spaces.

     -A		 Turn on all additional	checks.

     -C		 Pedantic committer flag.  This	is equivalent to -abcmt.

     -N		 New port flag.	 Adds several checks specific to newly submit-
		 ted port.  If you are willing to submit the directory to be
		 checked as a new port,	use this option.

     -V		 Print the portlint version and	exit.

     -M	ENV	 Set make variables to ENV (ex.	PORTSDIR=/usr/

     -B	n	 Set the number	of contiguous blank lines allowed in Makefile
		 to n.	(by default, n is 1)

     dir	 The port directory to be checked.  If omitted,	check will be
		 performed over	the current directory.

     The following environment variables affect	the execution of portlint:

     PL_SVN_IGNORE  Set	to a Perl-compatible regular expression, of patterns
		    to ignore when checking to see if files are	in the SVN
		    repository.	 For example, '^\d+$|^pr-patch$'.

     PORTSDIR	    The	fully-qualified	path to	the ports tree.	 For example,

FILES    master Makefile for	ports ( on NetBSD / OpenBSD)
     /usr/ports/*   ports collection (/usr/pkgsrc/* on NetBSD /	OpenBSD); can
		    be overriden by setting the	PORTSDIR environment variable.

     Messages will be sent to standard output, not standard error output.

     FATAL: ...	   This	type of	error message suggests that there is some
		   fatal error in the port directory.  For example, if some
		   files need a	rewrite, or if some inevitable files are miss-
		   ing,	this message will show up.  This kind of errors	should
		   be avoided BEFORE submitting	a port via send-pr to the com-

     WARN: ...	   This	type of	error message suggests that some files may (or
		   may not) need some fix.  Basically, warnings	are produced
		   when	portlint is not	completely sure	about the result.  For
		   example, complex Makefiles may need some statements that
		   can match the regular expression portlint uses for sanity
		   checks.  In those cases, the	user should evaluate the
		   result manually, and	obey/ignore the	result.

     OK: ...	   This	types of message is used in verbose mode (-v).

     Joe Marcus	Clarke <>
     Michael Haro <>
     Jun-ichiro	Hagino <> and
     Yoshishige	Arai <>.

     Many people have contributed patches and comments/suggestions.

     portlint is not a magic wand, as described	above.

FreeBSD	10.3			 April 1, 2010			  FreeBSD 10.3


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