epilogue said: >> Just out of curiosity, is it incorrect to simply say that ports build >> packages? > > Yes.
Well, now I've received one explicit "yes" answer and one explicit "no" answer to this question, leading me to believe that there might not be a clear consensus even among experienced FreeBSD users. (I count myself as one also.) It's possible that we're splitting hairs with all of this, but splitting hairs is what explanation is all about. > For any given application, the FreeBSD >>> package <<< for that > application is a >>> single file <<< which you must download. The package > contains >>> pre-compiled <<< copies of all the commands for the > application, as well as any configuration files or documentation. A > downloaded package file can be manipulated with FreeBSD package management > commands, such as pkg_add(1), pkg_delete(1), pkg_info(1), and so on. > Installing a new application can be carried out with a single command. > > FreeBSD >>> port <<< for an application is a >>> collection of files <<< > designed to >>> automate the process of compiling <<< an application >>>> from source code <<<. What this leaves out is the state of the software after it has already been installed. Lowell Gilbert confirmed my assumption that whether you install a piece of software via a port or via package, they are indistinguisable from each other on the system AFTER they've been installed. That is to say, you can install a port and then operate on it with the pkg_* commands, even though it was not installed as a package. Hence the assertion that "ports build packages," even though it looks like it may be technically incorrect to refer to post-installed software as "packages" since one has no way of telling how the software was installed after the fact. > the fbsd handbook is one of the very best in *nixland. please pay it the > attention it deserves. Believe me, I do. Indeed, I could hardly do my job without it. Thanks for your time. -- Charles Ulrich System Administrator Ideal Solution - http://www.idealso.com _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"