Missing INDEX file in Ports.

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Sat Jan 29 01:43:19 PST 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Julien Gabel
> Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 1:39 AM
> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: Missing INDEX file in Ports.
> >> Your missing the point.  INDEX is supposed to be in the RELEASES
> >> on the CDROMs because the CD's are supposed to be self-contained,
> >> ie: you should not require an Internet connection to get a complete
> >> install.  Otherwise there's no point in even bothering to release
> >> the CDROMS in the first place.
> > Yeah, I totally agree, INDEX should be included in 
> ports.tar.gz for at
> > least RELEASES.
> Included or not, the release is self contained (and don't require an
> internet in that case) since the INDEX or INDEX-5 file can always be
> generated from the local ports tree, via :
>   # cd /usr/ports; make index

So can many of the utilities - like perl and X - that are now
supplied as binaries.

I guess you want to go back to the 386BSD days when you had
to build all those things yourself.  I think you deserve to have
your FreeBSD taken away for a month and be forced to run Solaris
2.5.1.  That will teach you to smart off about being able to generate
things.  How would you like a Sendmail upgrade to take 2
hours, eh?  Or let's see even better - how about bootstrapping
a usable version of gcc on a SunOS box?  Been there, done that.
We don't want to go back to those days.  There's a reason that
precompiled and pregenerated stuff is included in the UNIX

Neither Disk 1's require KDE or GNOME to be generated from the
sources, either.


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