What does it mean to use ports?

George Hartzell hartzell at alerce.com
Mon Jul 15 15:47:52 UTC 2019

hw writes:
 > [...]
 > 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.

You're welcome.  It's not *that* hard (once you uncover the correct
magic) but there's a fair bit of complexity to juggle.  Most of it's
inherent complexity (unavoidable) that comes along with "building
things from the internet" and/but some of it is specific to the
FreeBSD way/history.

It's a good thing to practice on a disposable machine (or in a jail,
or ...) before you use it on anything serious.


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