ports vs source

Robert Huff roberthuff at rcn.com
Fri Sep 3 08:13:11 PDT 2004

Cristi Tauber writes:

>    Can anyone tell me which are the avantages of installing from ports
>  rather than installing from tar balls ?

	The upside of packages is someone else does all the work for
you.  You install the package, and you're done.
	The downside of packages is you get what someone decided should
go in the package whether you need or want it.  Maybe this doesn't
matter; maybe you don't care about being told of potential security
issues, or having 62 sub-modules that will never be used cluttering
up the executable.
	At your level of experience, use the ports.

				Robert Huff

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