Jesse Smith, an active PC-BSD user and creator of many PBIs, is working on a program that automates parts of the FreeBSD port to an 8.x PBI conversion process. If you would like to try his command line utility, check out his Make-A-PBI Sourceforge page. He’s open to feedback, bug reports, and patches–see the contact information at that website if you have any to submit. If there’s enough interest, he’ll submit the program to the FreeBSD ports collection.

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Comments (4)

  • September 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

    Just to clear up a point of confusion. The Make-a-PBI program takes a port and makes a PBI module from it. It doesn’t actually create a PBI package. It’s a sort of a stepping stone between ports and PBIs. The process generally goes like this:

    1. Find a port
    2. Make a PBI module (framework) from the port
    3. Turn the framework into a functional PBI.

    Make-a-PBI automates step 2. It doesn’t actually create an installable PBI package. For that task there are already great tools like the PBI Creator and PBI Builder, available at

    • October 1, 2010 at 5:59 am |

      Thanks for the clarification!

  • October 1, 2010 at 3:18 am |

    something like my PBIMaker ? , great. I’ll see.

    • October 1, 2010 at 5:56 am |

      Thanks for the link!

      Do you have a how-to for using PBIMaker?

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