On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 20:08:21 +0200, dede <sserre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm a long time user of BSDs, and I don't find man pages or 
> documentation on the way I can master the port collection (specialy the 
> fonction of make).

Did you try

        % man ports

Don't miss

        % man portsnap

> I found this, interesting: 
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/ports-using.html, but some 
> interogations persist.

Which are those?

> I search a command that list all availables variables that afect program 
> installation, [...]

Those are usually specifig to the port and are, in most cases,
listed in its Makefile. Sometimes, they're documented, e. g.
in /usr/ports/multimedia/mplayer/Makefile you'll find a header
with explainations for the variables.

There may be globally set variables that do have an effect on
a specific port.

        % man make.conf

gives a good summary, and have a look at the explainations given
in /usr/share/examples/etc/make.conf.

> [...] and all arguments I can give to the /usr/port/Makefile  (I 
> know about 'make search key= and name=' is there another?).

Yes, "make install", "make deinstall", "make reinstall", "make
config", "make clean", "make distclean", "make package" are
very common ones for the ports. In /usr/ports, you can even
use "make update" to update your ports collection.

> Could anyone give me some cool addresses to learn on the subject?

The FreeBSD Handbook, 4.5 Using the Ports Collection is excellent:
You mentioned it already. 

The FAQ, Chapter 7 User Applications, covers other activities:

If you find things that are not documented enough, simply ask a
question here.

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...
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