Subject: Re: how to build a package without installation from pkgsrc
To: Joel CARNAT <>
From: Blair Sadewitz <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 03/05/2007 19:49:04
There are two methods I use:

1) Easiest, for packages which have user-destdir support:

in mk.conf:

DEPENDS_TARGET?= package-install

OR when invoking make to build the package, do:

make package USE_DESTDIR=yes [ DEPENDS_TARGET=package-install ]

If one of the dependencies does not have user-destdir support, just
make depends [ USE_DESTDIR=no ] (the bracketed bit is only necessary
if you've set USE_DESTDIR in mk.conf).

To build and install a
Then, cd ${PKGSRCDIR}/category/package && make package.  NOTE: this
will only work if the package has DESTDIR support; nearly all packages
built with GNU_CONFIGURE=yes have PKG_DESTDIR_SUPPORT=user-destdir.
You can check in the package makefile to see if this is defined.
See 'make help topic=DESTDIR' for more information, or ask on the lists.

2) Use pkgtools/pkg_comp; this way you can build any package in a
chroot()'ed environment.  See the pkg_comp documentation for more

Good luck,


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