port/source snap the ports/kernel source

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Thu Nov 24 03:44:43 GMT 2005

On Thu, Nov 24, 2005 at 10:59:13AM +0800, Huajian.Luo wrote:
> Hi there,
> After I upgrade my box to 6.0, I found that portsnap is currently
> in the base system. I'm curious that why we need invent a tool that
> just fetch the ports.tar.gz from mirror, while can not fetch the 
> kernel source, while I can make it by wget the ports.tar.gz even behind
> a firewall and extract it to the /usr/ports and update all softwares
> by portupgrade.
> What I wonder is that why there is no sourcesnap alike tools or why
> there is no daily snapshots like src.tar.gz and sys.tar.gz that we can
> use portsnap/wget to snap it to local disk. and the CVSup's drawbacks
> have drew many users away from it.

Well, there is.  First, you can download the source tree from the FTP
sites if you wanted to.  Secondly, freebsd update does binary
upgrades..it is the analogue of portsnap, but it doesn't download the
source for you to recompile, it directly updates the compiled binaries.

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