Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
Owen G wrote:
You are aware that there exists
1. ports = source = must be compiled = "make install" (as above)
2. packages = executable packages = precompiled = "pkgadd -r . . ."
Whilst your description of ports and packages is correct...
So unless you're running a custom kernel, there's no advantage of ports
...this is not.
Ports are useful :
1) For any package with multiple compile-time options (e.g. apache)
where *you* want to choose those options rather than be stuck with the
ones the *package* was compiled with (c.f. Linux rpms)
2) If you want to be as up-to-date as possible - packages take time
to pre-compile and can lag the ports tree a little
3) If require the source code (for maintaining local patches;
because another port or some other local software needs it)
I'm not aware that a custom kernel has any relevance whatsoever.
Perhaps you meant "unless you have used some cpu-specific compile flag
in make.conf" but I don't think even that would make a difference.
Also, ports and packages are managed much more easily with a tool like
portupgrade or portmanager. I prefer the former because it has never
core-dumped on me, and feels more robust and well maintained.
If you have multiple machines you keep in sync, then portupgrade -p or
pkg_create -b can be used to create local packages with *your*
compile-time options that other local machines can use.
Thanks for the responses. This is /exactly/ why I'm using ports instead
of packages, because I want to have things compiled with my options.
However, the reason for my original post was that I'm having a hard time
customizing this, for java/Eclipse specifically. I try "make config"
but it doesn't show anything. So how do I go about cutting out or
changing some of the dependencies that I don't want if there are no
And I can't find where these dependencies are even defined in this
case. I grep everything in /usr/ports/java/eclipse and don't see
references to most of the dependencies. Where are they defined if not
in the BUILD_DEPENDS, etc. variables of the Makefile?
thanks again. I'm learning a lot in this process.
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