Krikket wrote:

Err... Excuse me while I'm a little bull-headed here, and attempting to
adjust from the linux world. The reason I was thinking of using the -r
option is because it pulls from the ftp site.

It does. You should realize though that what you pull from the FTP site is no different/newer
than what would be on the 4.9 release CD. It also isn't any different that the version you
would install via the ports tree.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the various versions of freeBSD (3.x,
4.x, and 5.x) are still being worked.  Needless to say, 5.x is the
bleeding edge, but 4.x hasn't been left to go stale.  (Or else how would
security patches get done, when needed?)

4.9-RELEASE is actually only a couple of weeks old, so hardly 'stale' by any stretch of the imagination.

Therefore, the thought was to get the latest and greatest from the
net. No, it's not as bleeding edge as the 5.2 stuff, but if a patch was
done since the 4.9 iso's were made, it would be a good idea to have that
on hand. So I thought it would be a good thing to use -r as a default
option. Or am I just using an incorrect line of thinking, due to the flux
that I got used to (and wish to avoid) from when I was dealing with the
Linux world?

I think you're confusing the differences between third party package versions, FreeBSD versions
and what is bleeding edge or not.

You can update your ports tree via cvsup (read the handbook for a guide) and after that your ports
tree will contain all the latest available versions of different software. Whether you're running 4.9 or
5.2, when you update to the latest version of the ports tree it's the same either way.

So, given that I should have the ports installed from my initial install
phase, all I have to do is the make install clean? Too cool. Thank you
for the pointer!

Yep, that's right. Keep in mind, though, that most of the ports probably have newer versions out
by now though. So you might want to look into the cvsup I mentioned above so that when you
make install clean, it's not installing an 'old' version of that port.

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