Obtaining ports collection

Jim Xochellis dxoch at escape.gr
Fri Jun 20 04:22:08 PDT 2003

Hi Simon, Hi list

Many thanks for your fast and helpful reply,

Jim Xochellis

On Friday, June 20, 2003, at 02:11 PM, Simon Barner wrote:

> Hi,
>> I have a very slow connection an I want to update the ports collection
>> of my FreeBSD 4.7(i386) Release box. Somehow I have managed to 
>> download
>> the collection from the
>> "ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/branches/-current/ports.tar.gz" and
>> I have expanded it into a new "/usr/ports/" directory, renaming my old
>> collection to "/usr/ports.bak/" To you think that this "trick" will
>> actually work, or am I violating some rules?
> While this will of course work, there is no need to download the whole
> collection via ftp. CVSup might have been a faster alternative:
>    http://www.freebsd.org/handbook/cvsup.html
> As a supfile, you should use modified copy of
> /usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile
> You can als re-use your source tar-balls from you old ports tree (the
> are in /usr/ports.bak/distfiles now
> More information about the p.c. can be found here:
>    http://www.freebsd.org/handbook/ports-using.html
>> Is the ports collection of
>> the "current" branch appropriate for my FreeBSD 4.7 box or not?
> Yes, there is only a current branch of the ports collection. While it 
> is
> recommended to use a -STABLE box with an up-to-date p.c., most of the
> ports should work on your 4.7 box.
> Simon

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