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PORTS(7)	   FreeBSD Miscellaneous Information Manual	      PORTS(7)

NAME
     ports -- contributed applications

DESCRIPTION
     The FreeBSD Ports Collection offers a simple way for users	and adminis-
     trators to	install	applications.  Each port contains any patches neces-
     sary to make the original application source code compile and run on BSD.
     Compiling an application is as simple as typing make build	in the port
     directory!	 The Makefile automatically fetches the	application source
     code, either from a local disk or via FTP,	unpacks	it on your system,
     applies the patches, and compiles it.  If all goes	well, simply type make
     install to	install	the application.

     It	is possible to download	and use	ports from the FreeBSD repository that
     are newer than the	installed system; however it is	important to install
     the appropriate ``Upgrade Kit'' from http://www.FreeBSD.org/ports/	first!
     The portcheckout(1) script	(also a	port, of course!) will help to down-
     load new ports.

     For more information about	using ports, see ``Packages and	Ports''	in The
     FreeBSD Handbook, (file:/usr/share/doc/handbook/ports.html	or
     http://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/handbook/ports.html).  For information about
     creating new ports, see The Porter's Handbook
     (file:/usr/share/doc/porters-handbook/index.html or
     http://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/).

TARGETS
     Some of the targets work recursively through subdirectories.  This	lets
     you, for example, install all of the ``biology'' ports.  The targets that
     do	this are build,	checksum, clean, configure, depends, extract, fetch,
     install, and package.

     The following targets will	be run automatically by	each proceeding	target
     in	order.	That is, build will be run (if necessary) by install, and so
     on	all the	way to fetch.  Usually,	you will only use the install target.

     fetch	Fetch all of the files needed to build this port from the
		sites listed in	MASTER_SITES and PATCH_SITES.  See FETCH_CMD
		and MASTER_SITE_OVERRIDE.

     checksum	Verify that the	fetched	distfile's checksum matches the	one
		the port was tested against.  Defining NO_CHECKSUM will	skip
		this step.

     depends	Install	(or compile if only compilation	is necessary) any
		dependencies of	the current port.  When	called by the extract
		or fetch targets, this is run in piecemeal as fetch-depends,
		build-depends, etc.  Defining NO_DEPENDS will skip this	step.

     extract	Expand the distfile into a work	directory.

     patch	Apply any patches that are necessary for the port.

     configure	Configure the port.  Some ports	will ask you questions during
		this stage.  See INTERACTIVE and BATCH.

     build	Build the port.	 This is the same as calling the all target.

     install	Install	the port and register it with the package system.
		This is	all you	really need to do.

     The following targets are not run during the normal install process.

     fetch-list	 Show list of files needed to be fetched in order to build the
		 port.

     pretty-print-run-depends-list, pretty-print-build-depends-list
		 Print a list of all the compile and run dependencies, and
		 dependencies of those dependencies.

     clean	 Remove	the expanded source code.  This	recurses to dependen-
		 cies unless NOCLEANDEPENDS is defined.

     distclean	 Remove	the port's distfiles and perform the clean target.
		 The clean portion recurses to dependencies unless
		 NOCLEANDEPENDS	is defined, but	the distclean portion never
		 recurses (this	is perhaps a bug).

     reinstall	 Use this to restore a port after using	pkg_delete(1) when you
		 should	have used deinstall.

     deinstall	 Remove	an installed port from the system, similar to
		 pkg_delete(1).

     package	 Make a	binary package for the port.  The port will be
		 installed if it has not already been.	The package is a .tgz
		 file that you can use to install the port on other machines
		 with pkg_add(1).  If the directory specified by PACKAGES does
		 not exist, the	package	will be	put into the current direc-
		 tory.	See PKGREPOSITORY and PKGFILE.

     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!

     search	 Search	the INDEX file for the pattern specified by either the
		 key (searches the port	name, comment, and dependencies) or
		 name (searches	the port name only) make(1) variable.  For
		 example, one would type:

		       cd /usr/ports &&	make search name=query

		 to find all ports whose name matches ``query''.  Results
		 include the matching ports' path, comment, maintainer,	build
		 dependencies, and run dependencies.

     index	 Create	/usr/ports/INDEX, which	is used	by the pretty-print-*
		 and search targets.  While the	master INDEX file in the CVS
		 repository is periodically updated, running the index target
		 will ensure your INDEX	file is	up to date with	your ports
		 tree.

ENVIRONMENT
     You can change all	of these.

     PORTSDIR	   Location of the ports tree.	This is	/usr/ports on FreeBSD
		   and OpenBSD,	and /usr/pkgsrc	on NetBSD.

     WRKDIRPREFIX  Where to create any temporary files.	 Useful	if PORTSDIR is
		   read-only (perhaps mounted from a CD-ROM).

     DISTDIR	   Where to find/put distfiles,	normally distfiles/ in
		   PORTSDIR.

     PACKAGES	   Used	only for the package target; the base directory	for
		   the packages	tree, normally packages/ in PORTSDIR.  If this
		   directory exists, the package tree will be (partially) con-
		   structed.  This directory does not have to exist; if	it
		   does	not, packages will be placed into the current direc-
		   tory, or you	can define one of

		   PKGREPOSITORY  Directory to put the package in.

		   PKGFILE	  The full path	to the package.

     PREFIX	   Where to install things in general (usually /usr/local or
		   /usr/X11R6).

     MASTER_SITES  Primary sites for distribution files	if not found locally.

     PATCH_SITES   Primary locations for distribution patch files if not found
		   locally.

     MASTER_SITE_FREEBSD
		   If set, go to the master FreeBSD site for all files.

     MASTER_SITE_OVERRIDE
		   Try going to	this site for all files	and patches, first.

     NOCLEANDEPENDS
		   If defined, do not let clean	recurse	to dependencies.

     FETCH_CMD	   Command to use to fetch files.  Normally fetch(1).

     FORCE_PKG_REGISTER
		   If set, overwrite any existing package registration on the
		   system.

     MOTIFLIB	   Location of libXm.{a,so}.

     INTERACTIVE   If defined, only operate on a port if it requires interac-
		   tion.

     BATCH	   If defined, only operate on a port if it can	be installed
		   100%	automatically.

FILES
     /usr/ports			The default ports directory (FreeBSD and
				OpenBSD).
     /usr/pkgsrc		The default ports directory (NetBSD).
     /usr/ports/Mk/bsd.port.mk	The big	Kahuna.

SEE ALSO
     make(1), pkg_add(1), pkg_create(1), pkg_delete(1),	pkg_info(1),
     pkg_version(1)

     The following are part of the ports collection:

     pib(1), portcheckout(1), portlint(1)

     The FreeBSD Handbook.

     http://www.FreeBSD.org/ports (searchable index of all ports)

AUTHORS
     This man page was originated by David O'Brien.  The ports collection is
     maintained	by Satoshi Asami and the Awesome Ports Team.

HISTORY
     The Ports Collection appeared in FreeBSD 1.0.  It has since spread	to
     NetBSD and	OpenBSD.

BUGS
     Ports documentation is split over four places --
     /usr/ports/Mk/bsd.port.mk,	The Porter's Handbook, the ``Packages and
     Ports'' chapter of	The FreeBSD Handbook, and ports(7).

     This man page is too long.

FreeBSD	9.2		       January 25, 1998			   FreeBSD 9.2

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