On Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 06:11 PM, Daniela wrote:
I found many interesting Linux programs on sourceforge.net and other sites,
but they're not in the ports collection. So I thought I'll port some of these
to FreeBSD. However, I'm still pretty new to FreeBSD and I never ported

Start here: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/ index.html

I can't even compile most of the programs on my system, and I'm almost sure it
has to do with dependencies in 99% of all cases. How do I find out what ports/programs it depends on? And yes, I have RTFM, but I still have no clue.

Most programs have a README which identifies any dependencies they might have. If a Linux package exists for the program (ie, such as an RPM), you could also look at that to gain an idea as to the dependencies. Beyond that, however, the problem lies in the fact that many people don't write particularly portable code, and you will need to resolve such issues by patching the program to work under FreeBSD.


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