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Chapter 3. Quick Porting
Quick Porting
This section describes how to quickly create a new port. For applications where this quick method is not adequate, the full "Slow Porting" process is described in <<slow-porting,Slow Porting>>.
First, get the original tarball and put it into `DISTDIR`, which defaults to [.filename]#/usr/ports/distfiles#.
These steps assume that the software compiled out-of-the-box. In other words, absolutely no changes were required for the application to work on a FreeBSD system. If anything had to be changed, refer to <<slow-porting,Slow Porting>>.
It is recommended to set the `DEVELOPER` man:make[1] variable in [.filename]#/etc/make.conf# before getting into porting.
# echo DEVELOPER=yes >> /etc/make.conf
This setting enables the "developer mode" that displays deprecation warnings and activates some further quality checks on calling `make`.
Writing the [.filename]#Makefile#
The minimal [.filename]#Makefile# would look something like this:
# $FreeBSD$
MASTER_SITES= ftp://ftp.cs.columbia.edu/archives/X11R5/contrib/
MAINTAINER= youremail@example.com
COMMENT= Cat chasing a mouse all over the screen
.include <bsd.port.mk>
Try to figure it out. Do not worry about the contents of the `$FreeBSD$` line, it will be filled in automatically by Subversion when the port is imported to our main ports tree. A more detailed example is shown in the <<porting-samplem,sample Makefile>> section.
Writing the Description Files
There are two description files that are required for any port, whether they actually package or not. They are [.filename]#pkg-descr# and [.filename]#pkg-plist#. Their [.filename]#pkg-# prefix distinguishes them from other files.
This is a longer description of the port. One to a few paragraphs concisely explaining what the port does is sufficient.
This is _not_ a manual or an in-depth description on how to use or compile the port! _Please be careful when copying from the [.filename]#README# or manpage_. Too often they are not a concise description of the port or are in an awkward format. For example, manpages have justified spacing, which looks particularly bad with monospaced fonts.