[POSSIBLE SPAM] Re: Sane way to resolve potential conflicts in the system

markham breitbach markham at ssimicro.com
Mon Apr 25 15:51:10 UTC 2016

On 2016-04-23 2:48 PM, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> Packages necessarily don't give you that option. They aren't supposed
> to. You accept whatever options the builder/maintainer selected &
> install/upgrade. Where it might take hours to rebuild a bunch of
> ports, it often takes just a few min. to install/upgrade packages. You
> pick your option (ports or packages) & (hopefully) are happy w/ it. I
> maintain this box w/ packages almost exclusively, except for flash
> support in the browsers, which must be compiled up in ports due to
> licensing issues. When I was getting started w/ FreeBSD, summer of
> 2014, I built iceweasel in ports per list advice, took 5 1/2 hrs.
> (!!!!!). I upgraded it a few weeks later w/ pkg, took less than 30 sec.
I have taken to using the ports tree to `make package` on a development
host, and then store my customized packages in my own private repo.  I
add my private repo as part of my server commissioning routine so it is
checked first, then I only have to build once and deploy many.


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