What does it mean to use ports?

hw hw at adminart.net
Mon Jul 15 15:35:16 UTC 2019

George Hartzell <hartzell at alerce.com> writes:

> hw writes:
>  > Hi,
>  > 
>  > so I wanted to see what would happen if I used a port and removed the
>  > emacs-nox packages and its dependencies.  Then I started installing the
>  > emacs port.
>  > [...]
> Another HEADS UP: 
> - It's safe to install your stuff from the official package repository
>   and it's safe to install your stuff by building it all from the
>   ports tree.
> - It may or may not work out if you install some stuff from the
>   official packages repo (which was built from the ports tree as it
>   stood 3-12 months ago) and some stuff from the current ports tree.
>   Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  
> Choosing one approach or the other is generally safer.
> The third hand (gripping hand, for you Pohl fans) is to build all of
> your things offline using poudriere/synth and then manage them with
> the pkg tools.  It works best when you know what you want, and/or can
> be patient when you decide you want new things.

Thanks!  Somehow I thought this would be a lot easier --- and of course,
it isn't.  For now, I'll stick with the binary packages until there's
good reason not to.  Anything else is too time consuming because there
is so much that I need to figure out first.

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