Replacing Win95 with FreeBSD for low cost home PCs

Mike Meyer mwm-dated-1050333850.d94307 at
Wed Apr 9 08:24:13 PDT 2003

In <1049855817.93999.84.camel at feynman>, Charles Young <charles at> typed:
> What I've done is to set up a meta port of a workstation suite and then
> install this on each machine from a central dist site via NFS. I found
> there were fewer issues this way, though the build process can take a
> mighty long time.

Might I suggest - to both of you - that these would be easier if you
built packages out of these, and nfs-mounted the directory with the
packages in them? That way you'd only have to build things once, and
could still install everything by installing the package of the

Come to think of it, the only reason I knew what Charles meant by
meta-port is because I've run into the concept and had it
explained. This is a port that has few or no files of it's own, but
depends on a bunch of other ports. That way, installing the meta-port
installs all the dependencies.

A good example - and one you might use as a starting point - can be
found in /usr/ports/misc/instant-workstation.

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
Independent Network/Unix/Perforce consultant, email for more information.

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