Items exist in ports, but not as packages.
rpratt1950 at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 21 15:06:06 GMT 2005
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:50:12 +0000
Paul Richards <paul.richards at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been trying to install a few packages using 'pkg_add -r' but I
> have found that there are a few which only exist as ports, and not
> packages. The main one which I am missing is 'vtk-tcl'.
> Is it generally the case that the precompiled packages are not always
> available when the ports are? According to freshports.org I should be
> able to use 'pkg_add -r' for vtk-tcl.
> Unfortunately I am only allowed (by the girlfriend) to play with
> FreeBSD on an old 1 gig disk and so I don't have the space to install
> ports. Are there any other sources of precompiled packages which I
> could use? Is there a way to install just the portion of the ports
> tree which I need?
Portcheckout might be useful in some fashion.
The portcheckout(1) reads the /usr/ports/INDEX file and checks-out
a given port and its dependencies. This makes it easy to use the
ports system without having a full and up-to-date /usr/ports tree.
A typical use would be to connect to the Internet, possibly download
a new INDEX and ports upgrade kit, download a port skeleton with
portcheckout(1), and then build the port.
I was thinking that some possibilities exist here for building a
custom ports tree. I also have some older machines that take a
long time to build INDEX as well as limited disk space.
YMMV. I'm sure that the possibilities for shooting one's self
the foot also exists ;-)
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