On Saturday 16 October 2004 01:14, Parv wrote:
> I suppose i had to wade in sooner or later ...
> in message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
> wrote Michael Nottebrock thusly...
> > On Friday 15 October 2004 16:15, Erik Trulsson wrote:
> > > I almost never use binary packages but build everything from
> > > source. (I.e. I would probably barely notice if all binary
> > > packages suddenly disappeared never to return.)
> Well, i certainly be mightily ticked off (due to lack of *some* of
> the packages) when i lack the resources to build a humongous port
> like Open Office.
> > I realise that there is a fraction of ports users which don't care
> > about packages at all ...  but they are not the primary target
> > audience of ports, as I pointed out before.
> Michael N, do you imply in above quote that FreeBSD ports system's
> main purpose is to provide packages?

No, it's _one_ main purpose. Unlike portage or certain big rpm-based Linux 
distributions, freebsd ports does not lean towards either source or binary. 
This implies however both the package and 'the cd portdir; make; make 
install' of installing a port need to be taken into consideration when 
creating and maintaining a port. Packages are NOT a second class byproduct of 
ports which are nice when they are nice and if they're not, it doesn't matter 
anyway. If the package of a certain port sucks, the port sucks, it's as 
simple as that.

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