[freebsd-questions] Looking @ upgrades mechanisms...

Javier Vasquez jevv.cr at gmail.com
Mon Dec 1 23:13:44 PST 2008

On 12/2/08, Javier Vasquez <jevv.cr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was reading chapter 4 of the handbook, as well as chapters 24 and
> 26...  If I got it clear, I pretty much might get the base system
> updated by using freebsd-update script.  Ports collection can get
> updated with portsnap, but that doesn't update neither the intalled
> ports, nor the installed packages.  To upgrade the installed ports,
> portmanager or portmaster or portupgrade can be used...  However only
> portupgrade can be used to upgrade packages, right?
> Now, can something like "portupgrade -a -PP" to upgrade all packages
> without building a thing (might be that some don't get updated due to
> the lack of binary package yet, and in such case would dependencies be
> managed right)?
> More into how things work, as ports and pacakages are not part of the
> base systems, are they somehow associated to a particular release
> (most probably not)?  So that pretty much no matter the release, if
> packages and ports are kept up to date, they might be the same for all
> releases?
> I'm asking these questions since I'm evaluating moving to BSD, but I
> want to avoid compiling as much as possible since my box is 800MHz
> piii celeron with just 32KB of cache and 512MB of ram, and for it
> source based distributions have proven to be too much to handle, so my
> intention would be to live with binary packages and updates/upgrades
> only...
> Also if remaining under -STABLE, is all this possible?  Kind of
> understood that openoffice.org can't be installed with "pkg_add -r",
> so most probably if living under -STABLE automatic updates for
> openoffice.org won't show up...  So this kinds of answers one previous
> question about the packages been independent from the base system
> release, it looks like they aren't...
> Thanks,
> --
> Javier

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