FreeRADIUS FreeBSD port

Alan DeKok aland at
Sat Jan 20 08:53:04 CET 2007

David Wood wrote:
> I am the maintainer of the FreeBSD FreeRADIUS port starting from version
> 1.1.3. It's probably about time I revealed myself here.

  Thanks.  There's been the occasional question.  Having an authority
here is useful.

> As is usual for a FreeBSD port (see the FreeBSD Porter's Handbook,
> section 7.2), the port installs the sample FreeRADIUS configuration, but
> the name of each file has a suffix, in this case .sample. This is to
> stop port upgrades, or deinstall/reinstalls, from wiping your
> hand-crafted configuration.

  But the FreeRADIUS make files do that already...  Yes, I know not all
projects are that smart, but still...

> In the case of FreeRADIUS, assuming you don't set PREFIX explicitly to
> something else, the default configuration files go in
> /usr/local/etc/raddb, suffixed with .sample - so
> /usr/local/etc/raddb/radiusd.conf.sample and so on.

  That's awkward.  Especially because the sample configs *work* out of
the box.  That's the whole point of the sample configs.  And worse,
there are a number of files that need to be set up properly before the
server runs, which makes copying the sample files even more work.

  Could you update the port to install the files if they don't already

  Alan DeKok.
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