firefox install problem

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Tue Aug 10 21:10:46 UTC 2010

On 10/08/2010 21:47:57, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 10/08/2010 18:21:25, Michael Powell wrote:
>> A tar.gz is a source code tarball meant to be compiled via the ports system. 
>> pkg_add installs precompiled and packaged binary packages. Package files 
>> will have a .tbz extension. pkg_add does not operate on source code 
>> tarballs.
> All pkgs have a .tbz suffix -- true, at least since about 6.0-RELEASE.
> Not everything with a .tbz suffix is a FreeBSD pkg though.  .tbz is
> short for .tar.bz2, and there are plenty of source tarballs around
> distributed with a .tbz extension.
> .tgz is similar shorthand for .tar.gz.  If you go and look, you can find
> a bunch of other compression programs applied to tar archives and used
> for distributing stuff.
> The best way to tell if what you're looking at is a FreeBSD package is
> to run pkg_info against it:
>     pkg_info -a foo-1.0.0.tbz


      pkg_info foo-1.0.0.tbz

'-a' will, of course, show you information about all of the packages
installed on the system, which is nice, but not much use in this case.

> Of course, having downloaded the pkg from the packages directory tree on
> one of the FreeBSD FTP servers is a pretty big hint as well.  As is
> finding it in /usr/ports/packages/All.
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew

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