binary patches?

Gary Kline kline at
Wed Mar 14 16:33:28 UTC 2007

On Wed, Mar 14, 2007 at 04:20:00PM +0000, Vince wrote:
> Gary Kline wrote:
> > 	Regarding most (or many) of the port changes--say, upgrading
> > 	foo-2.1.9_5 to foo-2.1.9_6, if  the upgrade could be done by
> > 	downloading a binary diff file, could the resulting
> > 	/usr/local/bin/foo-2.1.9_6 be achieved by downloading a 
> > 	relatively small binary patch?  Seems to me that smaller scale
> > 	upgrades could be done this way in preference to re-compiling
> > 	ports or downloading entire pacakes.  --Same would go for any
> > 	dependencies.
> > 
> > 	Why is this a bad idea!
> > 
> > 	gary
> portsnap works on this basis as does freebsd-update, see
> I can imagine it could get horribly complex, but using
> i guess its potentially possible.
> Colin Percival would be a good person to talk to if you're thinking of
> implementing this, since he wrote the tools referenced above.

	I'm just starting to use portsnap over cvsup ports*; looking
	for better docs on keeping (reasonably) current.  Thanks for
	the URL's.  --This could get severely complicated if there 
	were no ground rules.  OTOH, there's got to be a better way.
	--Well, hopefully!


> Vince

  Gary Kline  kline at  Public Service Unix

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