Installing Source Packages
pkgsrc is used to build third-party software. This page describes how to use pkgsrc.
Before diving in, you should be aware of a few things:
precompiled binary packages are available for many applications. This can save a lot of time and headaches. See Installing Binary Packages for details.
pkgsrc tracks MINIX. For best results, update the base system to tracking current MINIX.
We have currently the following manually maintained lists:
minix/limited_list.minimal Packages which are required for a release of MINIX.
minix/limited_list.patched Packages which have been explicitly patched for MINIX.
- 1 GB of hard disk space for the pkgsrc tree (as of August 29, 2014). Additional space is required to build software.
- 512MB of RAM or more. Some applications such as gcc need more than 512MB of RAM to build.
2.1. Setting up pkgsrc on MINIX
To retrieve the current official repository, type the following as root:
# cd /usr # make pkgsrc-create
To build software, you will also need to install the development tools, a.k.a the following packages:
# pkgin install bmake gmake binutils clang
This is all that is needed to prepare the system to build software with pkgsrc. The MINIX installation comes pre-bootstrapped. Do NOT run the bootstrap script that comes with pkgsrc.
2.2. Updating the pkgsrc Tree
To update the pkgsrc tree in the future:
# cd /usr # make pkgsrc-update
This will download any changes (new versions of packages, patches, etc.).
It is important to update your copy of the pkgsrc tree using this method, instead of git pull. This update method may perform additional steps, such as updating your mk.conf file.
2.3. Compiling a Package
All pkgsrc operations should be done with bmake.
To build a package, misc/figlet in this example, you need to cd to that directory and do a bmake install.
# cd /usr/pkgsrc/misc/figlet # bmake install
This installs figlet in /usr/pkg/bin.
3. Additional Documentation
3.1. General pkgsrc documentation
See the official pkgsrc guide for complete details.
If you wish to contribute fixes and patches to pkgsrc, please see HowToContribute.