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Old 26th June 2008
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Default setting $PKGDIR screws up port installations

I just switched my laptop from PC-BSD 1.5.1.x to FreeBSD 7.0-Release and I noticed something odd.


I setenv PKGDIR to a safe spot and went about installing packages and ports through a shell script but, when it tried to install some apps via ports with PKGDIR set, they would barf pkg-descr not found style messages.


Doing it by hand using makes -i/-k switches things worked (but probably not smart), things also worked perfectly *normal* when the PKGDIR environment variable was not set when I went to install individual ports.


I found this kinda odd because I don't recall the ports(7) manual saying it honoured PKGDIR. However, /usr/ports/*.mk has a concept of ${PKGDIR}/pkg-* when looking for files such as pkg-descr, pkg-plist, and such.


Grr !
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