On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 2:09 PM, Schiz0 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Nex6 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Hi all, > > > > I am new to Freebsd tho, long time Linux/Windows user. > > > > install software: > > seems the way to to this is pkg_add -r software-name > > There are two ways to install software. Using packages (pkg_add) or > using ports. See my response below for details on how to use ports. > > > > system update: > > still not sure? tho this is probly something really simple, seems more the > > one way to do it. > > FreeBSD comes with the source code for the entire system. So, to > upgrade the system, you need to do two things: > 1. Checkout the source code for whatever update you want to use > 2. Compile and install that source code. > > For the first one, see: > http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html > > For the second one, see: > http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/makeworld.html > > > > main difference between packages and ports? > > Packages are pre-compiled binaries (which are created from the ports). > The ports collection contains small Makefiles. When you install from > ports, it does the following: > 1. Downloads the source code from whatever website it is hosted on. > 2. Apply the FreeBSD patches/upgrades/whatever > 3. Compile that source code > 4. Install the binaries to the proper location > > > > > thanks in adavnce. > > >
Ah, something I forgot to add. The only reason the packages system exist is basically to bypass the compile time. For example, it would take a long time to compile things such as OpenOffice, xorg, or KDE. So instead of waiting that long, you can just install the pre-compiled package and it's ready to go. You don't have to wait for it to compile. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"