Maximizing the use of binary packages and minimizing building packages

Matt Reimer mattjreimer at
Tue Jan 14 19:35:36 UTC 2014

That's good news. What should I watch for in order to know when Really Soon
Now becomes Now?


On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM, Matthew Seaman <matthew at>wrote:

> 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 become outdated Real Soon Now.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.
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew
> --
> Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.
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