Port, Packages, and Patching, Upgrading

Alexander Kapshuk alexander.kapshuk at gmail.com
Tue Dec 20 09:19:53 UTC 2011

you may want to look up this section of the handbook:
Chapter 5 Installing Applications: Packages and Ports

How to upgrade your applications is explained there;

long story short, there are three utilities i know of that may be used to
keep your applications up-to-date irrespective of the installation method;
they are portupgrade, portmanager and portmaster;
i personally use portupgrade; with this tool you may specify whether you
want you applications updated in the binary or in the source form;

hope this helps;


On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Allen <Unix.Hacker at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been trying to find info about this, so I'm Hoping someone here
> will know about this; I use FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and basically, the
> normal way I do things, is like this:
> I grab the CD, boot, and install the Base System. Once I've booted, I'll
> then use one of the two:
> pkg_add -r bunch of packages
> or
> sysinstall > Configure > Packages
> Then I go through the menus, and select what software I want, and,
> eventually, I'll tell it to start installing.
> Now, I've been reading about Ports more and more, and thought about
> maybe just using those instead, but even with upgrade_pkg from
> bsdaminscripts, I just can NOT seem to upgrade anything.
> I'd like to have my system fully patched, but most of the data I find,
> is about how to keep ports up to date, and has very little on Packages /
> Binaries.
> I don't think it matters much why I choose Binary Packages over Ports,
> I'm just looking to make sure the emails I get every once in a while on
> the root account will FINALLY not have a huge list of stuff that I need
> to either "delete / uninstall, or upgrade" and have no idea how.
> I mainly used Linux, so I AM a little more used to everything being
> patched at once, like Slackware, where you can type one command and
> install patches and stuff to everything you have installed, be it the
> Kernel, or an Xterm, or X itself, or Pidgin.
> Any of you that use pkg_add and Sysinstall to install packages, can you
> maybe describe what you do to install updates, Patches, or just in
> general, keep your system patched?
> I'd really appreciate that.
> -Allen
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