updated ports tree
kris at obsecurity.org
Fri Apr 23 18:43:19 PDT 2004
On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 07:38:37PM -0600, Danny MacMillan wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Apr 2004 23:41:36 +0000, Killermink ! <killermink at hotmail.com>
> >I see what your saying and i suppose I have two points:
> >1) Can you install a port without installing the ports tree?
> Ports can not be installed without first being built, and the ports tree
> is what enables you to build a port. Short answer: no.
> Somewhat longer answer: If your concern is disk space, in theory it would
> be possible, I think, to install only that subset of the ports tree
> required to build the port you are interested in, but that task is
> non-trivial. Most ports depend on other ports, which themselves depend on
> other ports, and so on. One of the advantages of the ports tree is that
> having it available means you do not have to resolve those dependencies
> manually. I don't think if you install an individual port it would be
> smart enough to resolve these dependencies automatically (but I've never
> tried to do it that way). If not, you would have to untar the part of the
> ports tree containing the port you wish to build, then attempt to install
> it. Then handle each of the inevitable errors in turn, untarring
> progressively more of the ports tree until you get it to the point where
> it will install your port. I don't think this is the best way to go, but I
> would be interested to know if and how well it works.
> If you go to http://www.freebsd.org/ports/ you can browse the ports
> collection online and download individual tarballs for each port. Each
> port also lists its dependencies so you can see how big of a task you
> might be letting yourself in for.
The portcheckout port is an easier alternative.
> >I am still new at this, and can't seem to find packages for all the
> >ports in the tree...
> My understanding is this: That there aren't packages for all the ports in
> the tree, but that there are many more packages available on the ftp
> site(s) than ship on the CD. If you browse the ports collection online
> you'll be able to download packages for many (most?) of the ports. If you
> would really rather not install the ports tree, I'd invest some time in
> looking for the package you want to install. Odds are pretty good it's
There are packages for everything that can be packaged automatically
and redistributed. If a port is broken, requires manual intervention
to build, or may not legally be redistributed, it won't be on the FTP
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