On Tue, 2004-06-22 at 15:31, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > hi all
> > is it possible to download a cd of the ports so i can use it on a
> > standaloan machine
> The entire ports collection would not fit on a CD or even a boxful of CDs.
> Someone counted a little while ago and found there were more than 10,000
> ports available in the system.
> I think you may be misunderstanding the ports system and the way it works.
> It is a bit confusing because the word 'ports' is gets used to refer to
> two different things; the ports system that handles downloading and
> installing extra utilities and those extra utilities themselves.
> So, you use the ports system to install ports...
> When you install the 'ports' system you really only install the skeleton
> for the installation of 'ports'. It is a bunch of makefiles and lists of
> files and the addresses of where to get them for download, etc.
> When system (and ports system) installation is complete, you can cd in to
> the /usr/ports/ tree and find whatever you want and type "make" and when
> it finishes, "make install" and the ports system will go out to whatever
> maintainer is distributing that particular port, download it, configure it,
> compile it, download and install any dependancies and then finally install
> the port you want - all magically before your very eyes.
> Do this for each port you want installed.
> Notice by this, that the actual ports are kept in source form
> by the various maintainers. Some of them also build packages of
> their ports, but not all of them do that (I would guess, most don't)
> A few, such as OpenOffice are so big and take so long to build and
> depend on so many things that it is convenient to just install
> their premade package rather than building it all from ports. But
> most are not that big and take only a couple of minutes or so, depending
> on your network and machine speed. So, there is not benefit in
> creating binary install packages for them - and some significant
> So, more than you wanted to know, but what you need to know,
thanks for the explanation jerry its clearer now (stuffs up my idea lol)
but clearer on how it works
> > arden
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