Some questions from a newcomer

Chris Slothouber chris at
Sat Mar 10 15:35:56 UTC 2007

Mike Jakubik wrote:
> Daniel Mouritsen wrote:
> You don't need the developer packages to compile or use the ports. I 
> would recommend you choose the basic user option instead.
>> Also, i was wondering, i tried playing around with portsnap, but dear 
>> lord
>> it was slow :D I tried googling for European mirrors close to me, but i
>> haven't had much success, any help with finding a faster portsnap server
>> would be much appreciated
> You may want to try cvsup instead.

net/cvsup-without-gui is probably the port you'd want to use.  Check out 
/usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile for some useful examples.  Copy 
this file to another location and edit it to include your list of cvs 
mirrors (see below) and other options.  You can also look in the above 
directory for other supfile examples, dealing with src tree, docs, etc.

Also, check out the following URL from the FreeBSD Handbook (a very 
valuable resource) for a list of worldwide mirrors:

For a means of finding the 'fastest' cvs mirror, try installing 

Depending on your Internet connection, you can control the amount of 
connections cvsup uses.  For example, if you have a fast (e.g. 
broadband) connection, you can do:

cvsup -P m /path/to/supfile

This will multiplex the connections and usually afford better performance.

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