On 5/6/08, Dsiuh Djsids <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I am interested to know what some of your software installing/updating > philosophies are regarding ports/packages on either a server or a home > desktop. For example, how often do you update your software and when you do, > do you run something like 'portupgrade -a' or individually take care of each > piece of software?
Upgrades...unless they're very pressing security issues that directly relate to the well-being of my server, I upgrade as rarely as possible. Upgrading things has a tendency to break stuff at the most inopportune time. Frankly, I'm not sure why everyone is so adamant about having the latest updates. If the program does what I require, I would rather have a more aged version which has been given time to get the bugs worked out. As far as building software, I do this as rarely as possible as well. Unless there is a specific functionality which requires a set of non-default compiler flags, I use packages. It makes no sense to waste time re-compiling the same program, with the same compiler options, for the same processor architecture as has already been done by countless others. For example, if you ran a lab of 300 identical computers, would you re-compile every program on each computer? Probably not. If I can get a pre-compiled binary from a reliable source, I'd rater do that, than sit around all day waiting for software to build in hopes of benefiting from a few custom build options. My 2 cents worth. -Modulok- _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"