control verbose mode in Portfile?

Christopher Jones jonesc at
Thu May 21 15:05:40 UTC 2020

> On 21 May 2020, at 9:31 am, René J.V. Bertin <rjvbertin at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Out of curiosity: is it possible to control verbose mode in a Portfile, like with `set +x` / `set -x` in shell scripts?
> I'd be interested to use that in the post-activate block of a number of my ports, as an easy way to give a little more feedback to the user.

verbose mode printout is only visible if the user activates it, i.e. 'port -v’.

If you want pass a message on to the user, you should not use verbose output to do that. Instead just use a regular ‘ui_msg'

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