Questions about freebsd-update

Quartz quartz at
Fri Jul 10 02:22:51 UTC 2015

>> I should clarify: I know it's possible to do this by downloading the
>> patch/asc files and doing the whole make/install dance, but that
>> requires all the build tools to be installed which is awkward on
>> dedicated systems that need a small footprint.
> The tools involved here are already part of the base system (except
> they got manually removed, which renders the OS somehow incomplete).
> A system installation typically uses compiler, assembler, linker,
> installer, and make, which are all contained in the base distribution
> of the OS.

Wait.... isn't all the build stuff part of the 'src' option during 
install? If you unselect that, how does make/install apply patches if 
the files it's patching aren't there?

>However, resource limitations might be a problem - even
> though nobody admits this possibility today anymore. ;-)

Not having to install that ~1G of stuff would help a lot on some 
systems, especially those booting off a small flash memory device.

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