Paul Schmehl <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > This seems to be a common misperception about ports. Ports aren't > something magical. They do exactly what you would do from the > commandline (i.e. ./configure, make, make install), except they come > with several bonuses. > > 1) The port maintainer has already worked out all the quirks to make > it compile and install properly on FreeBSD. 2) The port maintainer > has already supplied patches that allow the software to build > correctly on FreeBSD. 3) All the dependencies are already taken care > of. 4) Upgrading is quite simple and straightforward. 5) The > software is now architechture-independent (in most cases), meaning you > can move from Intel to AMD (for example) without having to worry that > the software will no longer build and you'll have to start from > scratch again.
Could I add 6. Removing software from the system quickly and cleanly is also a doddle!? Building/installing "by hand" often leaves you hunting down files ....... atb Glyn _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"