> I have a server with minimal disk space. is there a way to build > from ports without downloading ports or only downloading what is > needed for the build and then it is removed? >
You could: 1) build packages on another machine or cluster, and then install the packages via a remote PKG_PATH/PACKAGEROOT/PACKAGESITE shared over a network (you could even use a remote PKG_TMPDIR as a staging area to save further space during installation); 2) build ports on the server but use a filesystem on a removable drive, memory-backed filesystem (tmpfs(5) or mdmfs(8)), or remote filesystem shared over a network to hold your PORTSDIR, DISTDIR and/or WRKDIR. While building the ports, you could pursue the strategy outlined in previous posts where you only download portions of a ports tree that are necessary for the ports that you want, and build the ports one at a time in dependency order(you can do this with ports-mgmt/portupgrade or ports-mgmt/portmaster, or via a hand-rolled script using make(1) and tsort(1), for example), cleaning the WRKDIR after each port build, and perhaps the DISTDIR as well. You can configure the ports to save space via OPTIONS, NO_INSTALL_MANPAGES, and NOPORTDOCS. Finally, you could compress many of your binaries after installation with archivers/upx, or place the ports on a filesystem with transparent compression, using ZFS or geom_uzip(4). Don't forget that you can remove unneeded parts of the base system via src.conf(5) and a custom (compressed) kernel, too. b. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"