my first port - how to

John Owens john_owens at
Sun Dec 10 05:48:13 PST 2006

Greetings, I'm attempting to write my first port. Writing the portfile
is not too difficult, as there's lots of good examples. However,
actually making it install is a lot tougher.

I am making it work by:

- adding the portfile in the right place in /opt/local
- changing the portindex file to add the port info manually (and
  making up a number for it)

However, these things seem really kludgey. Is it not possible to
have a local portfile somewhere and install it using a command
line "port" command? That would seem much better, but I can't find
any documentation on how that's done. (For instance, there's a 
local "~/.portsrc" file? but I can't find any docs on it.)

I think this is the sort of thing that really ought to be on the
wiki - the barrier to entry of adding a portfile is really very
high, and a short guide would be helpful. What it should say:

- "So you've written a Portfile. Here's how you test it locally."
  - "Here's how you prevent it from being clobbered when you
  - "Here's where you put it if you're testing it locally, and want
    to leave it local for a while."
- "Your Portfile is awesome. It works. Here's how to add it to
  the MacPorts repository."
  - "... and here's how you update it."
- "Your Portfile probably has lots of dependencies. Here's how
  you tell what they are." 
- "Here are naming conventions for ports."


Especially the first one right now would be very useful for me.


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