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Date:      Wed, 20 May 2015 18:33:48 -0600 (MDT)
From:      Warren Block <>
To:        "William A. Mahaffey III" <>
Subject:   Re: ports make search?
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On Wed, 20 May 2015, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> On 05/20/15 18:24, Jeffry Killen wrote:
>> So now I have excuted the command
>> make index
>> As I type this it appears that the process is completed.
>> But it has been going on for around 20 minutes. Is it
>> common or not unexpected to take that long?
> Yes, that is one of the attractions of pkg's vs. ports, *much* quicker 
> installs. Some months ago, I compiled the iceweb port, took over 5 hours on 
> this box. The pkg install a week or 2 later took 30 sec.

Not really, the index is a huge database, not related to compiling from 
source.  The built version can be retrieved from the FreeBSD servers. 
portmaster even fetches the index automatically.  I have an article on 
using ports here:

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