Downloading OOo, other ports outside of the system?

Robin Schoonover end at
Wed Nov 12 16:14:45 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 13:48:20 -0700, "Preston Crawford"
<me at> wrote:
> I have what may seem like an odd question. I have a new FreeBSD 4.9
> system that I want to install OpenOffice and some other stuff on. Most of
> the stuff left to install is pretty big and thus will be hard to download
> via ports over my dial-up connection (yes, I use dial-up). I know it's
> possible to download tarballs and drop them into the ports tree somewhere
> so you don't have to do the download. I'm wondering how easy this is,
> though. By that I mean, if I wanted to say install Tomcat, Java,
> OpenOffice, etc. in this manner how would I know which package to
> download? And from where? I'd like to download these at work, burn them
> on a CD and take them home. However, since I'm not in front of my machine
> I don't know where ports will be looking for these files. Anyone know?

running make fetch-recursive-list will tell you everything including -all-
the places you can get the files.  If you use a windoze box at work
however, it'll be slightly painful, since you have to copy each url one by
one (I imagine using something else like linux wouldn't be too bad, since
you can generally make it use wget by running it with FETCH_CMD=wget).

I've never actually done it this way though, and one issue I see is the
fact that /usr/ports/distfiles has certain things semi-ordered (openoffice
stuff is dumped into /usr/ports/distfiles/openoffice for example), and I
don't think fetch-recursive-list does anything about it. Of course, this
just means you have to move a few things around when you get home.

Robin Schoonover (aka End)
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