Perry Hutchison wrote:
... at least in my recent experience, an up-to-date ports tree does not always play nicely with a not-updated base install from CD.
That's very interesting. However, the ports tree on the CD isn't
complete, as in: not all the ports are there.

Any idea why?  (I am referring to the ports tree itself, i.e. the
collection of skeleton directories.  The set of distfiles provided
on CDs 3 and 4 is necessarily incomplete, both due to limited space
and because some distfiles have legal restrictions that prevent their inclusion.)

I stopped installing the ports tree from the install CD a long
time ago for that reason.

Perhaps sysinstall's rather strong recommendation to install the
ports ought to be toned down a bit, e.g. to suggest installing
the ports from CD only if one does not have a high-speed Internet

You've asked a question, given some clarification as to what you are referring to, and I can tell you I don't have anything other than possibilities - which may be far from the truth - as to why this is. You're referring to a 4 CD set, that can't be downloaded from, that has to come from somewhere else, such as the FreeBSD Mall or somewhere else. I would use that if I couldn't connect to the Internet at all.

Maybe, I should say: I can't tell you why it is that way. I've never been very concerned about it, just understood that it was that way and lived with it. I've never had a problem with an up-to-date ports tree not playing nicely with a RELEASE or a STABLE install. I suspect the reason is that I just never happened to up-date the ports tree at a time when there were problems. It does happen at times, but then... You've probably heard the advice "somethings wrong with your ports tree, blow it off and re-install it." It's not a big problem to deal with, the problem comes when you need to do it and don't.

Sysinstall only asks if you want to install the ports tree. If I was going to update it with cvsup, I would install it from there. I use portsnap, so I don't install it from the CD.

Yes, I have a hi-speed connection. It makes things easier. I wouldn't be without it.

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