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Date:      Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:59:50 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        gahn <>
Cc:        gahn via freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: install binary packages without pkg
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On Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:36:27 +0000 (UTC), gahn via freebsd-questions wrote:
> thanks. the VM is provided by the company's lab management for
> my lab and i have no choice to choose what version or what
> operating system i could run.

Ah! Okay, a VM instance... so simply chose a supported
FreeBSD version and use current pkg, it won't be a
problem. ;-)


Even though both the old pkg_ and the new pkg format
uses compressed archive for binary packages, it does
a lot more than just extracting archives; for example,
it could change file permissions, add groups or users,
start certain file systems, modify and rebuild system
databases, or ensure certain system services are started.
In case of manual work, you'd have to do all this on
your own (post-installation tasks, and paying attention
to potential package messages which could contain further

Summary: FreeBSD 7 is not capable of using current
pkg packages. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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