3.4 Testing the Port

You should make sure that the port rules do exactly what you want them to do, including packaging up the port. These are the important points you need to verify.

Recommended Test Ordering

  1. make install

  2. make package

  3. make deinstall

  4. pkg_add package-name

  5. make deinstall

  6. make reinstall

  7. make package

  8. make readme

Make sure that there are not any warnings issued in any of the package and deinstall stages. After step 3, check to see if all the new directories are correctly deleted. Also, try using the software after step 4, to ensure that it works correctly when installed from a package.

The most thorough way to automate these steps is via installing the ports tinderbox. This maintains jails in which you can test all of the above steps without changing the state of your running system. Please see ports/ports-mgmt/tinderbox for more information.

For questions about the FreeBSD ports system, e-mail <ports@FreeBSD.org>.
For questions about this documentation, e-mail <doc@FreeBSD.org>.