Thomas Mueller wrote on 2016/10/18 09:31:

I too might like to compile something not in the ports tree, would like to make a 
category "mystuff" but don't really know how to make it work.

I might get an error message for invalid category, as happened to me once in 
NetBSD with pkgsrc, and I also don't want it to be changed by svn update, or 
cvs update in the case of NetBSD and pkgsrc.

One package of possible interest is Steffen Daode Nurpmeso's s-nail, to be 
renamed to s-mailx, which is an update to heirloom-mailx and mailx or nail; 
included in Arch Linux and OpenBSD ports.

Or maybe I want to test a modification to an existing package.

You can start by modifying existing port.
If you want to and your own local category you should add it to /usr/ports/Makefile first (SUBDIR += mycategory)

Then you should add new SUBDIR line to /usr/ports/mycategory/Makefile

Miroslav Lachman
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