svn and/or portsnap

Helmut Schneider jumper99 at
Tue Sep 11 08:36:53 UTC 2012

Thomas Mueller wrote:

> On Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:37:03 +0000 (UTC), Helmut Schneider wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm running a custom kernel so I (guess I) need svn in future to
> > fetch sources instead of cvsup. Should I still use portsnap then
> > for ports or also fetch them via svn?
> Polytropon responded:
> > Ports and system sources are managed independently. You can
> > use whatever tool you want. Note that portsnap might not
> > deliver the most current ports tree for a given point in
> > time. For "short time deltas", CVS has often proven to be
> > the better tool, but of course portsnap has significant
> > advantages (e. g. faster for longer pauses between ports
> > tree updates, better integration with "make update" target).
> > Depending on your updating habits, choose the tool that
> > works best for you.
> One question comes up that I didn't think of immediately.
> How do you use svn on a fresh install of FreeBSD, no ports yet?

You install ports from CD/DVD. Or use pkg_add -r subversion. :)

> svn/subversion is not part of the base system.
> How do you get the ports tree or svn in that case if not using
> portsnap?

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