On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 02:38:35PM -0600, J.D. Bronson wrote: > I dont use ports..I only compile from src code...
You are aware that "using ports" is precisely "compiling from source code"? Ports is a system for automating all of the tedious bits of compiling up software: it downloads the source, verifies it against an MD5 checksum, unpacks it, applies patches as necessary, configures, compiles and installs it. What's more, it automatically handles installing all required dependencies, it keeps track of all of the files that get installed (so you can painlessly de-install stuff later on -- a very big win for a busy admin) and it has a bunch of handy tools available that let you update what you already have installed as new versions come out. You can even tar up all of the files installed by a port (plus a few administrative bits) in order to install them on a different machine. That, however is called "creating a package", and installing pkgs is a different thing entirely. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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