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Date:      Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:20:47 +0900
From:      till plewe <>
To:        FreeBSD-Questions <>
Subject:   Re: local ports collection
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In-Reply-To: <>
References:  <> <44r49tg8uv.fsf@lowell-desk.lan> <>

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Setting LDFCONFIG as well got a bit further but now I am stuck at
ranlib complaining that it cannot open a ".a" file (when trying to
install python2.7.6). The problem seems to be that files are installed
using permissions 0444 rather than 0644 when used by a non-root user.
Is there a simple method to work around this or rather to set this

On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:46 AM, till plewe <> wrote:
> Thanks for the answer. DESTDIR was supposed to be DISTDIR (typo).
> Setting SU_CMD was the hint I needed. Now it seems adjusting ldconfig
> is the only thing left to do. pkg installed without problems.
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:08 AM, Lowell Gilbert
> <> wrote:
>> till plewe <> writes:
>>> I would like to use the ports tree to install and manage packages inside my
>>> home directory. I tried setting:
>> Don't use DESTDIR; it doesn't do what you think it does.
>> [What did you think it did anyway, and why?]
>>> to directories within my home directory but then I get error messages like
>>> $ make build
>>> ===>  Creating some important subdirectories
>>> mount_nullfs: Operation not permitted
>>> when trying to build/install ports.
>>> Any suggestions on how to use ports completely avoiding root?
>>> (I rented space on a server and have permission to install binaries
>>> but do not have root access)
>> You'll probably have to change SU_CMD as well.
>> Something like "su $USER -c" should do it.
>> And you may need to bootstrap the pkg(8) command somehow.
>> Good luck.

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