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Date:      Fri, 22 Apr 2011 00:11:04 -0400
From:      Mehmet Erol Sanliturk <>
To:        Carl <>
Subject:   Re: building a port with very long list of build options
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On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:17 PM, Carl <> wrote:

> Let's say I want to build a port for which I need to specify a huge number
> of build options (eg. ghostscript). In my case I am cross-compiling on an
> amd64 host for what will be a NanoBSD i386 target, but I don't think that's
> important here. The scenario precludes using the familiar configuration
> menu. The problem is that the desired list of options far exceeds what would
> be sane to specify on the 'make' command line. In fact, it apparently even
> exceeds what typical text editors tolerate when trying to enter the line in
> a shell script. What is the recommended solution?
> Given that I do not want to customize the port's Makefile, I was hoping
> 'make' would support a command line option that would let me simply point to
> a separate file containing the list of variables to add, one per line. It's
> not apparent to me that that exists.
> Carl                                             / K0802647

If you read the make manual page , you will see the following option :


     *-f* *makefile*
	     Specify a makefile to read instead of the default one.


 which is used as

make -f your_own_make_file_name

This form will override the Makefile present in the current directory

and will use the specified make file with name your_own_make_file_name .

Thank you very much .

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk

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