Talk:Port Install Troubleshooting
I'm not sure my example was really a port, I see "pkg" a lot in the commands. Also I've left the page incomplete due to my current lack of knowledge in some areas.
when you install a port, what the "make" does is -- wait for it -- make a package. the "make install" installs the pkg that the "make" built, and all the other stuff that gets downloaded and installed and used temporarily gets tossed in /usr/ports/distfiles. generally speaking, you won't need anything in /usr/ports/distfiles unless you're planning on building that port again, which is why it's a good idea to run "make distclean" from /usr/ports every once in a while, since that stuff can really take up a lot of space.
--Dave 13:17, 17 Jan 2005 (EST)