Ports system

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The ports system is the package manager of the CRUX distribution. Learn about ports from the CRUX Handbook.

Understand, the ports system is at its core just an automation process--it downloads stable versions of a program's source, configures it with CRUX-compatible arguments (meaning standardizing locations and feature inclusions), builds the binaries from source, and finally installs it in the appropriate location.

Updating ports listing

The location of all the ports-installer files is /usr/ports. By default, this directory is empty and owned by root. To populate the ports-installer files and download them to your server, execute the following command:


  1. cd /usr/ports
  2. ls

total 0

  1. ports -u
  2. ls

core mineos opt


  • The core repository is installed in its entirety, so only updates will be useful from this repository.
  • The opt repository contains numerous other widely-used packages. A few of these have been pre-installed, such as Java and Python.
  • The mineos repository is a MineOS specific repository that contains packages not included in the above two. Tested packages like the hiawatha webserver reside here, as well as pigmap, PhpMyAdmin, and others.

A list of all packages available can be found at: http://crux.nu/portdb/ More detailed instructions on installing additional ports can be found at the above-linked CRUX handbook.

List available ports


  1. cd /usr/ports/core
  2. ls

acl cpio gawk iproute2 libstdc++-compat net-tools psmisc time attr curl gcc iptables libtool openrdate rc traceroute autoconf db gdbm iputils libusb openssh readline udev automake dcron gettext jfsutils libusb-compat openssl reiserfsprogs unzip bash dhcpcd glib kbd lilo patch rsync usbutils bc diffutils glibc less m4 pciutils sed util-linux-ng bin86 e2fsprogs grep libarchive make perl shadow vim bindutils ed groff libcap man pkg-config sudo wget binutils exim gzip libdevmapper man-pages pkgutils sysfsutils which bison file hdparm libgmp mlocate ports sysklogd xfsprogs btrfs-progs filesystem httpup libmpc module-init-tools ppp sysvinit xz bzip2 findutils iana-etc libmpfr nasm procps tar zip coreutils flex inetutils libpcre ncurses prt-get tcp_wrappers zlib


Installing a port

For example, to install the 'screen' program:

  1. Enter the port's directory
  2. Download (-d) and install (-i) the package

<syntaxhighlight> [ ... lengthy download and 'make' output ... ] =======> Building '/usr/ports/opt/screen/screen#4.0.3-2.pkg.tar.gz' succeeded. =======> Installing '/usr/ports/opt/screen/screen#4.0.3-2.pkg.tar.gz'. pkgadd /usr/ports/opt/screen/screen#4.0.3-2.pkg.tar.gz =======> Installing '/usr/ports/opt/screen/screen#4.0.3-2.pkg.tar.gz' succeeded.


Screen is installed! You can use 'which screen' to locate the binary file's location.