And installing it from the same CD that you installed the OS from would take about 1 minute. If you choose a method to install the ports that take several hours, should the FreeBSD folks take the blame for your choice? A 33.bKbps dialup connection should download the entire ports collection in under 3 hours. And DSL connection should do it in significantly less time. Even a 270Kbps down DSL connection should be able to snatch the whole thing in just over 20 minutes.The best indicator that the ports collection has become to large is that it took me 2 hours to download the complete port-all collection using A DSL internet connection. To compile the ports I use took another 11 hours. This is the reason I went to using packages in the first place.
If I had a dialup connection or the uncredibly slow DSL connection you mention, I don't think I'd make the same choice that you made. I'd install from the CD. Updating through cvs might take 45 minutes then.
And yet, not once did you ever try to install from the CD? Why would you beat your head against the wall like that?Downloading the complete port collection when I had a dial up connection would go maybe 35 min and them get suspended by the cvs site. I would rerun the job over and over again sometimes taking a week or better to finally get it completed. This makes the download of the complete port collect almost impossible for dial up users.
-- Paul Schmehl ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) Adjunct Information Security Officer The University of Texas at Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/
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