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:

# cd /usr/ports
# ls
total 0
# ports -u
# 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

# cd /usr/ports/core
# 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
[ ... 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.