Compiling everything myself?

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Mar 17 01:03:29 PDT 2009

On Tue, 17 Mar 2009 02:11:32 +0100 (CET), "Daniel" <annonymejens+bsd at> wrote:
> Hi list
> This may be a basic question, but a question non the less.
> I have been using Debian for some years and have gotten tired by
> system freezes, having a slow system, and having a package system that
> requires that I install every skin of KDE to get KDE up and running.
> I hope FreeBSD will be better! :-)
> What I want to know is the following: Do I get the option of fetching
> sources and running through a guided compilation; or do I get binaries
> (like Debian) only?

Yes.  The `Ports' system can be used to compile your own packages.
Build-time options can be set either to the defaults or to a local
customization of those defaults.

You can find more information about the Ports system by reading the
ports(7) manpage or the relevant Handbook section:

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