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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Ports
by Mo on Wed 12th Nov 2003 02:18 UTC

It's worth reading the FreeBSD Handbook. Seriously. It guides you through the process of installing and configuring cvsup (which doesn't actually keep your ports upgraded - just the metadata containing version numbers, distribution URLs, etc, and any FreeBSD-specific patches), and (if memory serves) how to get started with portupgrade.

portupgrade is definitely worth a look for anybody running FreeBSD - not only does it cope with the hassle of upgrading your installed ports for you, but it also goes some way to solving the "where is port <x>?" problem. After a while, though, you tend to think the same way the ports maintainers do and start from the right directory in the first place anyway (the tree is fairly logically organised).