Maximizing the use of binary packages and minimizing building packages

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Tue Jan 14 19:14:28 UTC 2014

On 14/01/2014 18:52, Chris Rees wrote:
> Mixing ports and packages is discouraged and can get messy, because
> upgrades can get out of sync...

Although with recent developments in pkgng, that advice is going to
become outdated Real Soon Now.

It is already possible to use mostly binary packages but compile some
yourself.  However, yes, it can get messy and you need to be careful
about keeping your build tree reasonably in synch with the tree used to
build the official ports.  Also, ingeneral, it's much easier to build
your ports when they are at the end of the dependency chain; ie. with
nothing else that depends on them.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

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