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Date:      Fri, 28 May 1999 17:55:32 -0600
From:      "Jeff Lush" <jeff@nerdpower.com>
To:        <chris@calldei.com>
Cc:        <freebsd-hackers@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: CVSup problem
Message-ID:  <000001bea965$9259c3e0$15256c18@flanders.nerdpower.net>
In-Reply-To: <19990528002231.A842@holly.dyndns.org>

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Hello again!

This command worked after I installed the ports-collection from sysinstall
(although I probably could have grabbed the ports initially from this
command) and grabbed the ports-supfile from an ftp mirror.
>    The best way to do this would actually be to execute the
> following commands:
>
> cd /usr/share/examples/cvsup
> cvsup -h cvsup.ca.freebsd.org ports-supfile
>

Now I have a directory filled with the ports for all applications available.
A rather elementary question to ask is why keep this kind of directory
stored locally? This particular machine is setup as an internet server for
learning purposes. Knowing that would I be better off just keeping
networking related ports (ports-net) locally? And how does using ports
compare to installing packages from sysinstall?

Is there any good literature available on explaining exactly what ports are
and most importantly, how to use them.

Last, what is the source tree (src-all) and should I grab it as well?

Thanks for the help and patients with us newbie types.

Jeff Lush



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