Upgrade Tool

Jeremy Chadwick freebsd at jdc.parodius.com
Mon May 1 09:15:25 UTC 2006

On Mon, May 01, 2006 at 09:01:41AM +0100, Aren Olvalde Tyr wrote:
> If you don't wish to be regularly recompiling applications, why not simply 
> stick to pkg_add and use pre-built binary packages? You can download these 
> directly off the FreeBSD ports website/mirror, or use sysinstall to connect 
> to a FreeBSD FTP server and install them that way.

Because using binary packages much nullifies any port Makefile knobs that're
used for compile or configure-time purposes.  You're stuck using
whatever defaults the person who built the binary package used.

I've never "fully trusted" binary packages (I do for some ports, not for
others) due to not knowing what options someone has built them with...

> Whilst I normally always build from source off the ports tree, there is the 
> odd occasion when I will install a binary package instead (e.g. cvsup, which 
> is simply a 1.2MB package download, as opposed to a build which has a 10MB 
> source package dependency).

I do the same thing, except for csup (Just Say No to Modula-3).

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