All those 'Ports System Re-engrg" posts

Jason C. Wells jcw at
Tue Dec 4 23:06:37 PST 2007

Chuck Robey wrote:

 >>Seeing as no one here who has the ability to do the job also still 
has >>enough innocence to get snagged into it


Mark Linimon wrote:

> He lost me around the "these days, the horsepower to rebuild
> ports is easily available."  He clearly has not idea, whatsoever,
> of what the current work is.

My recent attempts to deal with port management in my own unique 
(foolish?) way has me considering this conclusion.  Let FreeBSD do all 
the work by taking advantage of binary package installs.  Then do my 
custom patched stuff later.  I'm sort of scratching my head as to why I 
have been rolling my own all these years. (mumble grumble Kerberos 
mumble grumble)

Frankly I am amazed that you can build a large chunk of thousands of 
ports.  Ports have weathered the decade pretty well.  I seem to recall 
Jordan writing that the ports system was never intended to last as long 
as it did.  I think he said the same thing about sysinstall.


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