Chapter 15. Appendices

Table of Contents
15.1. Values of USES
15.2. __FreeBSD_version Values

15.1. Values of USES

Table 15.1. Values of USES
ada(none)Depends on an Ada-capable compiler, and sets CC accordingly.
bison(none), build, run, bothUses devel/bison By default, with no arguments or with the build argument, it implies bison is a build-time dependency, run implies a run-time dependency, and both implies both run-time and build-time dependencies.
charsetfix(none)Prevents the port from installing charset.alias. This should be installed only by converters/libiconv. CHARSETFIX_MAKEFILEIN can be set to a path relative to WRKSRC if charset.alias is not installed by WRKSRC/
cmake(none), outsource, runUses CMake for configuring and building. With the outsource argument, an out-of-source build will be performed. With the run argument, a run-time dependency is registered. For more information see Section 6.4.4, “Using cmake.
compiler(none), c++0x, c++11-lang, c++11-lib, c11, openmp, nestedfct, featuresDetermines which compiler to use based on any given wishes. Use c++11-lang if the port needs a C++11-capable compiler, and c++11-lib if the port also needs a C++11-ready standard library. If the port needs a compiler understanding C++0X, C11, OpenMP, or nested functions, the corresponding parameters can be used. Use features to request a list of features supported by the default compiler. After including the port can inspect the results using these variables:
  • COMPILER_TYPE: the default compiler on the system, either gcc or clang

  • ALT_COMPILER_TYPE: the alternative compiler on the system, either gcc or clang. Only set if two compilers are present in the base system.

  • COMPILER_VERSION: the first two digits of the version of the default compiler.

  • ALT_COMPILER_VERSION: the first two digits of the version of the alternative compiler, if present.

  • CHOSEN_COMPILER_TYPE: the chosen compiler, either gcc or clang

  • COMPILER_FEATURES: the features supported by the default compiler. It currently lists the C++ library.

cran(none), auto-plistUses the Comprehensive R Archive Network. Specify auto-plist to automatically generate pkg-plist.
desktop-file-utils(none)Uses update-desktop-database from devel/desktop-file-utils. An extra post-install step will be run without interfering with any post-install steps already in the port Makefile. Lines will be inserted into the plist to run update-desktop-database on package install or removal.
desthack(none)Changes the behavior of GNU configure to properly support DESTDIR in case the original software does not.
display(none), ARGSSet up a virtual display environment. If the environment variable DISPLAY is not set, then Xvfb is added as a build dependency, and CONFIGURE_ENV is extended with the port number of the currently running instance of Xvfb. The ARGS parameter defaults to install and controls the phase around which to start and stop the virtual display.
dos2unix(none)The port has files with line endings in DOS format which need to be converted. Three variables can be set to control which files will be converted. The default is to convert all files, including binaries.
  • DOS2UNIX_REGEX: match file names based on a regular expression.

  • DOS2UNIX_FILES: match literal file names.

  • DOS2UNIX_GLOB: match file names based on a glob pattern.

fam(none), fam, gaminUses a File Alteration Monitor as a library dependency, either devel/fam or devel/gamin. End users can set WITH_FAM_SYSTEM to specify their preference.
fmake(none)Uses devel/fmake as a build-time dependency.
fortrangcc (default), ifortUses the Fortran compiler from either GNU or Intel.
fuse(none)The port will depend on the FUSE library and handle the dependency on the kernel module depending on the version of FreeBSD.
gettext(none), lib (default), build, runUses devel/gettext. By default, with no arguments or with the lib argument, implies a library dependency on build and run implies, respectively a build-time and a run-time dependency on xgettext.
gmake(none)Uses devel/gmake as a build-time dependency and sets up the environment to use gmake as the default make for the build.
iconv(none), lib, build, patchUses iconv functions, either from the port converters/libiconv as a build-time and run-time dependency, or from the base system on 10-CURRENT after a native iconv was committed in 254273. By default, with no arguments or with the lib argument, implies iconv with build-time and run-time dependencies. build implies a build-time dependency, and patch implies a patch-time dependency. For more information see Section 6.21, “Using iconv.
imake(none), env, notallUses devel/imake as build-time dependency. If the env argument is given, only setup the environment and do not define any target. If the notall argument is given does not pass -a to xmkmf.
kmod(none)Fills in the boilerplate for kernel module ports, currently:
  • Add kld to CATEGORIES.


  • Set IGNORE if the kernel sources are not found in SRC_BASE.

  • Define KMODDIR to /boot/modules by default, add it to PLIST_SUB and MAKE_ENV, and create it upon installation. If KMODDIR is set to /boot/kernel, it will be rewritten to /boot/modules. This prevents breaking packages when upgrading the kernel due to /boot/kernel being renamed to /boot/kernel.old in the process.

  • Handle cross-referencing kernel modules upon installation and deinstallation.

lha(none)Set EXTRACT_SUFX to .lzh
libtool(none)Patches libtool scripts. This should be added to all ports that use libtool.
lua(none), XY+, XY, build, runAdds a dependency on Lua. By default this is a library undependency, unless overridden by the build or run option. The default version is 5.2, unless set by the XY parameter (e.g., 51 or 52+).
makeself(none)Indicates that the distribution files are makeself archives and sets the appropriate dependencies.
motif(none)Uses x11-toolkits/open-motif as a library dependency. End users can set WANT_LESSTIF for the dependency to be on x11-toolkits/lesstif instead of x11-toolkits/open-motif.
ncurses(none), base, portUses ncurses, and causes some useful variables to be set.
ninja(none)Uses ninja to build the port. End users can set NINJA_VERBOSE for verbose output.
openalal, soft (default), si, alutUses OpenAL. The backend can be specified, with the software implementation as the default. The user can specify a preferred backend with the WANT_OPENAL knob. Valid values for this knob are soft (default) and si.
pathfix(none)Look for the and configure files in the port's associated sources and fix common paths to make sure they respect the FreeBSD hierarchy.
perl5(none)Depends on Perl. These variables can be set:
  • PERL_VERSION: Full version of Perl to use, or the default if not set

  • PERL_ARCH: Directory name of architecture dependent libraries, defaults to mach

  • PERL_PORT: Name of the Perl port to be installed, the default is derived from PERL_VERSION

  • SITE_PERL: Directory name for site specific Perl packages

  • USE_PERL5: Phases in which to use Perl, can be extract, patch, build, install, or run. It can also be configure, modbuild, or modbuildtiny when Makefile.PL, Build.PL, or the Module::Build::Tiny flavor of Build.PL is required. Defaults to build run.

pgsql(none), X.Y, X.Y+, X.Y-

Provide support for PostgreSQL. Maintainer can set version required. Minimum and maximum versions can be specified; e.g., 9.0-, 8.4+.

Add PostgreSQL component dependency, using WANT_PGSQL=component[:target]. e.g., WANT_PGSQL=server:configure pltcl plperl For the full list use make -V _USE_PGSQL_DEP.

pkgconfig(none), build (default), run, bothUses devel/pkgconf. With no arguments or with the build argument, it implies pkg-config as a build-time dependency. run implies a run-time dependency and both implies both run-time and build-time dependencies.
pure(none), ffiUses lang/pure. Largely used for building related pure ports. With the ffi argument, it implies devel/pure-ffi as a run-time dependency.
qmail(none), build, run, both, varsUses mail/qmail. With the build argument, it implies qmail as a build-time dependency. run implies a run-time dependency. Using no argument or the both argument implies both run-time and build-time dependencies. vars will only set QMAIL variables for the port to use.
qmake(none), norecursive, outsourceUses QMake for configuring. For more information see Section 6.10.3, “Using qmake.
readline(none), portUses readline as library dependency, and sets CPPFLAGS and LDFLAGS as necessary. If the port argument is used, force the use of devel/readline
scons(none)Provide support for the use of devel/scons
shared-mime-info(none)Uses update-mime-database from misc/shared-mime-info. This uses will automatically add a post-install step in such a way that the port itself still can specify there own post-install step if needed. It also insert lines into the plist for package install and removal to run update-mime-data with the correct arguments.
shebangfix(none)A lot of software uses incorrect locations for script interpreters, most notably /usr/bin/perl and /bin/bash. This fixes shebang lines in scripts listed in SHEBANG_FILES. Currently Perl, Python, Bash, Ruby, and PHP are supported by default. To support another interpreter, set SHEBANG_LANG (for example SHEBANG_LANG=lua), then lua_OLD_CMD and lua_CMD.
tar(none), Z, bzip2, lzma, tbz, tgz, xzSet EXTRACT_SUFX to .tar, .tar.Z, .tar.bz2, .tar.lzma, .tbz, .tgz or .tar.xz respectively.
tclPORTAdd a dependency on Tcl. The PORT parameter can be either tcl or tk. Either a version or wrapper dependency can be appended using PORT:version or PORT:wrapper. The version can be empty, one or more exact version numbers (currently 84, 85, or 86), or a minimal version number (currently 84+, 85+ or 86+). A build- or run-time only dependency can be specified using PORT,build or PORT,run. After including the port can inspect the results using these variables:
  • TCL_VER: chosen major.minor version of Tcl

  • TCLSH: full path of the Tcl interpreter

  • TCL_LIBDIR: path of the Tcl libraries

  • TCL_INCLUDEDIR: path of the Tcl C header files

  • TK_VER: chosen major.minor version of Tk

  • WISH: full path of the Tk interpreter

  • TK_LIBDIR: path of the Tk libraries

  • TK_INCLUDEDIR: path of the Tk C header files

tkSame as arguments for tclSmall wrapper when using both Tcl and Tk. The same variables are returned as when using Tcl.
twisted(none), ARGSAdd a dependency on twistedCore. The list of required components can be specified as a value of this variable. ARGS can be one of:
  • build: add twistedCore or any specified component as build dependency.

  • run: add twistedCore or any specified component as run dependency.

Besides build and run, one or more other supported twisted components can be specified. Supported values are listed in Uses/
uidfix(none)Changes some default behavior (mostly variables) of the build system to allow installing this port as a normal user. Try this in your port before adding NEED_ROOT=yes
uniquefiles(none), dirs Make files or directories 'unique', by adding a prefix or suffix. If the dirs argument is used, the port needs a prefix (a only a prefix) based on UNIQUE_PREFIX for standard directories DOCSDIR, EXAMPLESDIR, DATADIR, WWWDIR, ETCDIR. The following variables are available for ports:
  • UNIQUE_PREFIX: The prefix to be used for directories and files. Default: ${PKGNAMEPREFIX}.

  • UNIQUE_PREFIX_FILES: A list of files that need to be prefixed. Default: empty.

  • UNIQUE_SUFFIX: The suffix to be used for files. Default: ${PKGNAMESUFFIX}.

  • UNIQUE_SUFFIX_FILES: A list of files that need to be suffixed. Default: empty.

webplugin(none), ARGSAutomatically create and remove symbolic links for each application that supports the webplugin framework. ARGS can be one of:
  • gecko: support plug-ins based on Gecko

  • native: support plug-ins for Gecko, Opera, and WebKit-GTK

  • linux: support Linux plug-ins

  • all (default, implicit): support all plug-in types

  • (individual entries): support only the browsers listed

These variables can be adjusted:
  • WEBPLUGIN_FILES: No default, must be set manually. The plug-in files to install.

  • WEBPLUGIN_DIR: The directory to install the plug-in files to, default PREFIX/lib/browser_plugins/WEBPLUGIN_NAME. Set this if the port installs plug-in files outside of the default directory to prevent broken symbolic links.

  • WEBPLUGIN_NAME: The final directory to install the plug-in files into, default PKGBASE.

zenoss(none)Uses net-mgmt/zenoss. Largely used for building zenoss related zenpack ports.
zip(none), infozipIndicates that the distribution files use the ZIP compression algorithm. For files using the InfoZip algorithm the infozip argument must be passed to set the appropriate dependencies.
zope(none)Uses www/zope. Mostly used for building zope related ports. ZOPE_VERSION can be used by a port to indicate that a specific version of zope shall be used.

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