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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portsman
by anemone on Wed 12th Nov 2003 03:52 UTC

In addition to the good old 'make install clean' and 'portinstall/portupgrade' there is also a ncurses based GUI tool in FreeBSD for installing software from the ports tree. It's called 'portsman'. (After you first launch it, just hit 'h' key to see how to use it.) Portsman allows you to check dependencies before installation and to set some available options in makefiles. One nice feature in portsman is that if you need to install several applications, you can mark them for installation and do something else while portsman dutifully installs them one after another. I've also found portsman to be quite handy in browsing which applications I've already installed and which are available for installation.