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Is there a way to make a 32-bit package variant of mysql-client, for example ? Because I need some libraries for some binary software, and it would be good to maintain them from ports instead of making them manually.

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Yes, there are several ways. The most straight foward would probably be to setup a 32bit chroot or jail and build the package in there via make package. Another way is to use one of the many tools in the ports-mgmt category, such as tinderbox or poudriere which are designed for building packages.

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