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Date:      Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:20:05 -0600
From:      Bigby James <>
Cc:        Odhiambo Washington <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 10 and manually compile applications without gcc
Message-ID:  <20150123162005.GA5402@workbox.Home>
In-Reply-To: <20150120185053.GA57651@slackbox.erewhon.home>
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> Running ./configure --help can be helpful. It shows what the possible options
> and environment variables are.

You can also read the Makefile for a port, or run 'make showconfig' and 'make
showconfig-recursive.' The latter will show you a list of options that can be
ticked off in the dialog box a build time; the former is a way to see any
options that (for whatever reason) might not be presented in the dialog box.

> For another app that I needed to compile outside of the ports tree...

Consider having a look  at two things: the Porter's Handbook,[1] and
ports-mgmt/portshaker.[2] The first is self-explanatory; the second is a means
of managing your own self-written ports in tandem with the official ports tree.
If you're at all familiar with Gentoo, it's basically the same concept as a
Portage overlay.


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