Do I want to switch to the new pkg(8) format?

Chris Stankevitz chrisstankevitz at
Fri Dec 26 23:02:30 UTC 2014

On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Bigby James
<bigby.james at> wrote:
> That message is only for folks upgrading a pre-10.0 installation. If you
> installed 10.0 or later, any binary packages you install will use the new
> format. At present there actually aren't any binary package management tools in
> the base system---the 'pkg' command is just a bootstrap that installs pkgng,
> which can also be installed from the port in 'ports-mgmt/pkg.'


Thank you, that is helpful.  FYI the only "package-like" command I
have ever typed is "portsnap" and "make".  I have never typed pkg or
pkgng and I'm not sure why I would... except if I wanted to install a
pre-compiled binary.  So I'm a bit confused as to why someone who only
uses "portsnap" and "make" would be asked questions about the "format"
of my "pkg".


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