Question on packages and ports (and versions)

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Jun 10 15:18:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 04:58:56PM +0200, Antonio Vieiro wrote:
> Hi all,
> I can't find an answer to this question, so I decided to post here.
> Since I'm not very good at english let me ask this with an example.
> I assume that packages and ports may have different versions of the
> same software (am I right?) so, for instance, if you install gnome
> with packages you can have a certain "glib" version (say 1.0), but if
> you install gnome with ports you can have a more recent "glib" version
> (say 1.1).
> Now my question is, am I right on this assumption? If so, may I have
> those two versions installed at the same time (from a package and a
> port)? How does software from packages and ports interfere each other?
> Does software installed from packages live in different directories
> than software installed from ports? If not, how does FreeBSD select
> one over the other?

A package is best seen as simply a pre-compiled port, i.e. packages are
built from ports. After it has been installed there is no 
difference between software installed via ports or software installed
via packages.

<Insert your favourite quote here.>
Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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