Mel wrote:
On Wednesday 05 September 2007 17:42:55 Michael C. Cambria wrote:
I need to set up a system that can only use packages.   I've always used
ports, so I'm not exactly sure if I'm doing things properly.

Should I (do I need to) use portsnap to populate /usr/ports?  Unless I
really need something that doesn't have a pkg available, I will not be
using ports.

I've always used portupgrade, and plan to do so, using -PP (only
packages) for this setup.  My first question is should I?

It needs the ports tree to know which packages to *upgrade*. I know of no ports management system that is able to use only binary and no ports tree. If you need to save space, consider mounting /usr/ports via nfs.

My goal isn't to save space. I don't have the cpu power to build all these (and multiple times) on each machine.

Reading the man pages and the handbook about using packages didn't say anything about needing /usr/ports, so before I went and used portsnap etc. I thought I'd ask first.

You could manage with pkg_add/pkg_delete, but then:
1) *You* have to find out which packages are eligible for upgrading
2) Upgrading a package will mean delete the old version before installing the new one
3) *You* will have to backup libraries manually.

(Yes, I realize portupgrade does this)
Yup, that's the point of my wanting to use portupgrade ;-) It's worked OK for me since it's inception.


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