CTM first time user needs your help

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Thu Nov 4 11:54:23 PST 2004

Mark Jayson Alvarez <jay2xra at yahoo.com> writes:

> Good day,
>    I have a workstation at office but I can only
> access the internet through our proxy server. Someone
> in this list have the same situation which was told to
> use CTM. I'm currently using
> 5.3RC1 and would want to keep in sync with the latest
> sources of 5.3 and recompile my system. I already have
> the sources and just want to update it.
> Upon reading the instructions I went to 
> ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/CTM and found these
> directories:
> cvs-cur
> ports-cur
> src3-cur
> src4-cur
> src5-cur
> src-cur
> Here are what confuses me:
> 1. First, if I choose to enter the src5-cur directory
> above, which file would I pick, the last/latest one
> dated NOV 1?

No, ALL of them (in order) since the date of your existing sources.

> 2. What are those gzipped files and why are those
> older files still exists?

Each file is the difference from one day's source files to the next

> 3. Another thing is I can't really understand how the
> CTM process works. Mind if you give me some brief
> insight on how I will be able to get the latest
> sources? I'm thinking perhaps its like the bittorrent
> system wherein the torrent file contains the
> information where to get the files. How about the CTM?

Did you read the FreeBSD Handbook section on CTM?  If so, what
specifically do you not understand?

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