Theis a metapackage that pulls in the most essential packages used to build new packages. Also install and configure a way to elevate privileges, such as sudo or doas, and an editor, such as vi, nano, micro.
This would be a good time to create a normal user account for you to work in. To make life easier later, it's a good idea to add this user to the wheel group; operations that require superuser privileges can now be done with sudo or doas.
The aports tree is in git so before we clone it, let's configure git.
Read carefully Development using git to grasp basic Git operations and how to configure for sending email patches.
Now we can clone the aports tree.
Before we start creating or modifying APKBUILD files, we need to setup abuild for our system and user. Edit the file abuild.conf to your requirements.
Most of the defaults can be left alone, unless you are developing for a custom platform, in which case the comments in the file should guide you. The one field to edit is PACKAGER, so that you can get credit (or blame) for packages you create.
To use 'abuild -r' command to install dependency packages automatically.
We also need to prepare the location where the build process caches files when they are downloaded. By default this is /var/cache/distfiles/. To create this directory and ensure that it is writeable, enter the following commands:
As an alternative to the second command, you can add yourself to the abuild group: