Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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About Ports
by emagius on Tue 11th Nov 2003 22:13 UTC

Just a few comments on some of the issues you mention.

1) Installing portupgrade also installs portinstall. You can run "portinstall gaim" to automatically download and install gaim without changing directories to /usr/ports/net/gaim/, which is a real convenience. Even without portinstall/portupgrade, you can (and should) run 'make search key="BLAH"' to find the directory your requested port is in (the key is not restricted to name only). Portupgrade also sets up pkg_deinstall, which you can run like "pkg_deinstall gaim". There's also the portsclean command that cleans up your entire ports tree.

2) /usr/local/etc/pkgtools.conf allows you to set parameters for ports. You *can* set global port parameters like "NO_GUI=yes" in this manner, though different ports use different parameters (one port might use "WITHOUT_GUI=yes" instead). CFLAGS and more generic compiler options can also be changed in /etc/make.conf.

3) You don't need to recompile the kernel to add in support for sound, etc. A simple "kldload pcm" will do it. That said, if there's a driver I'm going to be using for sure, I tend to compile it in.

4) The installer is a tad weird, navigation-wise. I prefer the plaintext OpenBSD installer myself, I must say. However, you can almost always go back a step (or two, or three) by hitting escape or 'q', or simply by navigating through the options.