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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Re: Updating ports without cvs
by nemo nonnymous on Wed 12th Nov 2003 19:57 UTC

Neil wrote:
It is possible to update the ports tree without CVS. I do it frequently at work, where the firewall means I can't run cvsup.

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/ports/ports.tar.gz

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Thank you very much! That information is something I have been looking for. I used to run FreeBSD 4.8 as a workstation in my workplace, where I have a reasonably fast connection to the Internet which makes cvsup and the ports collection useable. A while ago cvsup suddenly stopped working, and after eliminating other possibilities it became clear there was a newly installed firewall somewhere in my workplace blocking cvsup access.

Let's just say that any requests from me to poke holes in the main firewall were unlikely to be met with a favourable response, so I was stymied.

FTP continued to work, but downloading ports one file at a time was too tedious to contemplate, and I didn't realize there was a single ports.tar.gz file available.

Thank you again, Neil.

-Nemo
(not inspired by the stupid Disney movie, but rather
by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea")