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1WHAT IS THE DARWIN PORTS SYSTEM
2
3    Darwin Ports is a software build, install, and packaging infrastructure
4designed to meet the same functionality requirements as the FreeBSD ports
5architecture while maintaining extensibility for future enhancement.
6
7    Darwin Ports currently builds and runs on MacOS X 10.2 (Darwin 6.0). The
8system is portable, written in TCL with a limited set of TCL extensions in C.
9
10    For in-depth documentation on the internals of the ports system
11architecture, refer to docs/INTERNALS.
12
13    Please note that darwinports is split into two parts.  The "darwin ports
14infrastructure", which lives in the base/ subdirectory and is the only
15mandatory component of the system, and the "dports" directory which contains
16the actual ported software descriptions.  The latter is optional and can be
17either fetched on demand over the net or a local copy can be used.  See
18documentation on /etc/ports/sources.conf below.
19
20INSTALLATION
21
22    Installation Steps:
23        1. make
24                Run 'make' to compile all necessary software.
25
26        2. sudo make install
27                Run 'sudo make install' to install darwinports on your system.
28
29        3. [optional] edit /etc/ports/ports.conf
30                The /etc/ports/ports.conf configuration file takes the same
31                directives as a Portfile, and can be used to override all
32                ports' defaults. You may wish to set things like debugging
33                and "verbosity" options in this file, the list of available
34                options being as follows:
35
36                portdbpath - Specifies path to store ports system specific data.
37
38                ports_debug - Takes either a "yes" or "no" value.
39                            If set, debug messages are printed
40
41                ports_verbose - Takes either a "yes" or "no" value.
42                            If set, informational messages are printed
43
44        3. [optional] edit /etc/ports/sources.conf
45                The /etc/ports/sources.conf file lists the location of
46                both local and remote port software hierarchies. By default,
47                the ports system will fetch ports from www.opendarwin.org.
48                If you wish to use a local ports tree, specify it here.
49
50    All necessary code and TCL will be compiled and installed as follows:
51        /System/Library/Tcl/8.3/darwinports1.0
52            - TCL library for interfacing with the Darwin Ports System
53
54        PREFIX is set to /opt/local but can be overridden on the make command
55        line and affects the installation of the following components:
56
57        $PREFIX/bin/port
58            - Command line port building utility
59        $PREFIX/share/darwinports/
60            - TCL libraries internal to the ports system
61
62        The following files are provided for customization of the system:
63
64        /etc/defaults/ports.conf
65            - System-wide port default settings
66        /etc/ports/ports.conf
67            - User customizable port settings
68        /etc/ports/sources.conf
69            - List of port sources (places to get ports data from)
70
71
72USING THE PORT COMMAND
73
74    If you haven't already, add /opt/local/bin to your path (or $PREFIX/bin
75if you've elected to install darwinports somewhere else). If you're
76unsure how, add the following line to your ~/.cshrc file.
77
78        set path=($path /opt/local/bin)
79
80    Your changes to ~/.cshrc will not take effect until you have opened
81a new shell.
82
83    To update your local indexes, run:
84
85        port sync
86
87    The following command will build and install a port:
88
89        port install <portname>
90
91    To find a specific port, try using "port search".
92
93        port search vi
94
95    Please refer to the port man page for complete documentation on the port
96    command.
97
98CREATING NEW PORTS
99
100    Ports consist of directory containing both a Portfile and associated
101files. Currently the only bundled files are patch files, and these are likely
102to be kept to a minimum.
103
104    A Portfile consists of valid TCL, evaluated by a TCL interpreter
105instantiated by the Darwin Ports System. Portfiles use extremely straight-
106forward key/value pair syntax, while allowing the author to use the full
107extent of TCL's functionality where necessary.
108
109    To get started, refer to doc/exampleport and the portfile(7) man page.
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