Good evening;

I am using;
$uname -r
hosted on Sun VirtualBox 3.1.6. (NOT O.S.E.) running on Debian 'lenny'.

I am a long time Debian GNU/Linux user who has just installed the above release. I have installed and used FreeBSD in years past but that was around the 5.x-RELEASE. I have had a time installing applications from the ports tree (a story for another day) and finally resorted to installing binaries from the install dvd to get a working X distribution. I wanted to start with the 'minimal' set of packages and build from there. 3 trys at it failed at different points. At the moment I have the distributed binaries installed and am compiling/installing gcc 4.4 and friends. I have the current FreeBSD handbook but it does not seem to have the answer to the following question. When building and installing an application from ports, how does the original binary or script, in /usr/bin, /usr/lib, /etc..., from the distribution, get removed? The make install foo command does not appear to symlink the original application location to the new one in /usr/local/whatever. Does it even matter? From reading various docs on-line tonight it seems it might.

Thank You,
Michael D. Norwick
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