Archive for the ‘ports’ Category

Managing ports for multiple FreeBSD servers

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is a follow up post on how to manage ports for multiple FreeBSD servers. If you’re looking for how to update the operating system itself, have a look at my almost three years old post: Managing multiple FreeBSD servers.

Alright, so what we’re trying to solve is this: multiple VMs running the same (or different) release of FreeBSD, and you’re looking for a way to centralize delivery of packages to your FreeBSD VMs.


How to disable configuration options while building Apache2 from ports

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

According to, OPTIONS support has been added on September 18, 2007 causing several knobs (like WITH_STATIC_MODULES) being ignored. In order to disable OPTIONS one should consider defining WITHOUT_APACHE_OPTIONS. Since I’m using portupgrade to do my regular ports maintenance I was trying to find where to put WITHOUT_APACHE_OPTIONS to make the change systemwide.

One of the options was to put it in /usr/ports/www/apache22/Makefile – it did work, but as soon as you update ports all changes will be overwritten. After some digging I finally figured out that putting


to /etc/make.conf will do the trick.