DESCRIPTION

macports.conf is the configuration file used to bootstrap the MacPorts system. This file is read by the port command and determines how it behaves. Lines beginning with # are comments, empty lines are ignored. The format is that of a simple key/value space or tab separated pair.

The file contains entries of the form:

<key> <value>

The value of any given key can be referred to by the ${<keyname>} abstraction, where <keyname> expands to the key in question.

KEYS

The following keys are used by port itself:

prefix

Sets the directory where ports are installed. Any path may be used but those with spaces and/or non ascii characters should be avoided, as this can break some ports. This key is often referred to as ${prefix}.

Default:

/opt/local

portdbpath

Directory where MacPorts keeps working data such as downloaded sources, installed ports' receipts and the main registry. The same path restrictions apply as for ${prefix}.

Default:

${prefix}/var/macports

portdbformat

Storage type to use for the MacPorts registry. The preferred format is "sqlite", with "flat" also available as a legacy format.

Default:

sqlite

applications_dir

Directory containing Applications installed from ports.

Default:

/Applications/MacPorts

frameworks_dir

Directory containing Frameworks installed from ports.

Default:

${prefix}/Library/Frameworks

sources_conf

Location of the sources file. This file enables rsync synchronization of the default ports tree with the MacPorts rsync server (through the "sync" target of the port command) and any other local tree(s) you might have.

Default:

${prefix}/etc/macports/sources.conf

variants_conf

Location of the optional global variants definition file, listing those that should be used in all installed ports if available.

Default:

${prefix}/etc/macports/variants.conf

buildfromsource

Controls whether ports are built from source or downloaded as pre-built archives. Setting to always will never use archives, never will always try to use an archive and fail if one is not available. ifneeded will try to fetch an archive and fall back to building from source if that isn’t possible.

Default:

ifneeded

portarchivetype

Format of archives in which to store port images. This controls the type of archive created locally after building from source, but not the type to request from remote servers (that is controlled by archive_sites.conf). Changing this will not affect the usability of already installed archives; they can be of any supported type.

Supported types:

tgz, tar, tbz, tbz2, tlz, txz, xar, zip, cpgz, cpio

Default:

tbz2

configureccache

Use ccache (C/C++ compiler cache). Requires that ccache has been installed.

Default:

no

ccache_dir

Location where ccache stores its files

Default:

${portdbpath}/build/.ccache

ccache_size

Maximum size ccache may use. Use G, M, or K suffix for giga-, mega- or kilobytes.

Default:

2G

configuredistcc

Use distcc (distributed compiler). Requires that distcc has been installed.

Default:

no

configurepipe

Use pipes rather than intermediate files when compiling C/C++/etc (gcc -pipe)

Default:

yes

buildnicevalue

Lowered scheduling priority (0-20) to use for make when building ports

Default:

0

buildmakejobs

Number of simultaneous make jobs (commands) to use when building ports. 0 is a special value meaning "the number of CPU cores or the number of GB of physical memory plus one, whichever is less."

Default:

0

portautoclean

Automatic cleaning of the build directory of a given port after it has been installed.

Default:

yes

keeplogs

Keep logs for ports.

Default:

no

build_arch

The machine architecture to try to build for in normal use.

Regular architectures include:

ppc, i386, ppc64, x86_64

Default (10.6):

x86_64 or i386 depending on hardware

Default (10.5 and earlier):

i386 or ppc depending on hardware

universal_archs

The machine architectures to use for +universal variant (multiple architecture entries should be space separated).

Regular architectures include:

ppc, i386, ppc64, x86_64

Default (10.6):

x86_64 i386

Default (10.5 and earlier):

i386 ppc

startupitem_type

Set the default type of startupitems to be generated, overridable by Portfiles that explicitly state a startupitem.type key. If set to "default", then a type will be selected that’s appropriate to the OS.

Supported types:

none, launchd, default.

Default:

default

startupitem_install

Create system-level symlinks to generated StartupItems. If set to "no", symlinks will not be created; otherwise, symlinks will be placed in /Library/LaunchDaemons or /Library/LaunchAgents as appropriate. This setting only applies when building ports from source.

Default:

yes

destroot_umask

Umask value to use during the destrooting of a port.

Default:

022

rsync_server

Default rsync server to connect to when running "selfupdate" through the port com- mand to update your base MacPorts infrastructure. While selfupdate also syncs the ports tree, it uses the settings from ${sources_conf} to do so.

Default:

rsync.macports.org

rsync_dir

Rsync directory from which to pull MacPorts sources from the rsync server.

Default:

macports/release/base/ (which pulls sources for the currently shipping MacPorts release)

rsync_options

Default rsync options to use when connecting to the rsync server.

Default:

-rtzvl --delete-after

binpath

Sets the directory search path for locating system executables used by MacPorts. This variable should contain the paths for locating utilities such as rsync, tar, cvs and others. Don’t change this unless you understand and accept the consequences.

Default:

${prefix}/bin:${prefix}/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin

extra_env

List of extra environment variables MacPorts should keep in the user’s environment when sanitizing it. Changing this is unsupported.

proxy_override_env

Proxy support. Precedence is: env, macports.conf, System Preferences. That is, if it’s set in the environment, that will be used instead of anything here or in System Preferences. Setting proxy_override_env to yes will cause any proxies set here (or in System Preferences if set there but not here) to override what’s in the environment. Note that System Preferences doesn’t have an rsync proxy definition. Also note, on 10.5, sudo will clear many environment variables including those for proxy support. Equivalent environment variables: http_proxy, HTTPS_PROXY, FTP_PROXY, RSYNC_PROXY, NO_PROXY

Default:

yes

proxy_http

HTTP proxy

Default:

none

proxy_https

HTTPS proxy

Default:

none

proxy_ftp

FTP proxy

Default:

none

proxy_rsync

rsync proxy

Default:

none

proxy_skip

Hosts not to go through the proxy (comma-separated, applies to HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, but not rsync).

Default:

none

host_blacklist

Space separated list of glob patterns. Any download host matching one of these patterns will not be used.

Default:

none

preferred_hosts

Space separated list of glob patterns. Any download host matching one of these patterns will be preferred.

Default:

none

revupgrade_autorun

Controls whether the rev-upgrade action will be run automatically after upgrading ports.

Default:

yes

revupgrade_mode

Controls the rev-upgrade functionality which checks for broken linking and can rebuild ports to fix it. rebuild means ports will automatically be rebuilt when broken linking is detected in their files, while report means broken files will be scanned for and reported but the ports will not be rebuilt.

Default:

rebuild

default_compilers

Default value for configure.compiler. This can be a space-separated list. Later entries will be used if earlier entries are unavailable or blacklisted by a port. Setting this is unsupported.

Default:

none (internal list based on Xcode version is normally used)

FILES

${prefix}/etc/macports/macports.conf

Standard system-wide MacPorts configuration file.

~/.macports/macports.conf

User-specific configuration override. This file, if found, will be used instead of the default file at ${prefix}/etc/macports/macports.conf.

SEE ALSO

AUTHORS

(C) 2007-2011 The MacPorts Project
Juan Manuel Palacios <jmpp@macports.org>
Matt Anton <matt@opendarwin.org>
Rainer Mueller <raimue@macports.org>