xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Mon Nov 12 06:37:25 PST 2007
Andy Greenwood wrote:
> If you want the newer versions of software from the ports tree, don't
> limit your results by the tag. Basically, you're saying (IIRC) "I want
> the version of the port that was included with this release" instead
> of "I want the most recent version of this port." the release versions
> of the ports will only be updated for bug fixes, etc.
Unless something has changed recently, this is not correct.
The release versions of the ports are *never* updated for anything; not
security fixes, not features, nothing. The ports tree is not like, say,
Fedora Linux rpms.
What you say is true of the *base* system, but not true for ports.
Technically, the ports tree is not branched, because it's a) too much of
a maintenance burden and b) apparently CVS is likely to struggle, which
I can believe.
The ports tree is *tagged* (not branched) when the release ISOs are
made, and those tags are never moved.
For cv(s)uping ports there are only two reasonable tags, as far as I know:
"." which means the latest ports tree or
a date: when you desperately need to get back to the ports tree you had
say a week ago because it worked and your current one doesn't and you
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