When I configure my FreeBSD box, I like to install the applications from the ports instead of using pkg_add, because I can customize the configurations and optimize the compile process for my systems. However, if an application comes with lots of dependencies, it will take me a long time because I will need to sit in front of the computer and choose the options for each applications. It is a very time-consuming process.
So, how to make the process automatic? Here is the trick:
To use the default options, simply do:
sudo make -DBATCH install clean
Or view all of the options at the beginning:
sudo make config-recursive sudo make install clean
Hope these two tricks will save you few hours.