Eirik Øverby ltning at
Mon Oct 18 13:11:02 PDT 2004

On 18. Oct 2004, at 21:42, Gert Cuykens wrote:

> What are /usr/ports/distfiles/ ?

It's where the ports system downloads the source/binary distribution 
files for the ports you try to compile/install. It can safely be 
emptied, but then any rebuild of an existing application will start a 
new download. I generally clean out this directory pretty often, just 
to save diskspace.

> I thought it where backup copy's of all the make files you installed
> on your system but when i do for example tar -xjf
> cvsup-without-gui.amd64.tarbz2 the cvsup-without-gui.amd64 looks like
> a binary file ? Can somebody explain to me please how distfiles work ?

Do a 'man ports', or read the FreeBSD handbook. The handbook should be 
translated to a lot of languages as well, if you prefer looking it up 
in your native language.

Good luck!


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