Re: no /usr/ports directory
From: Aryan Ameri (public_at_aryanameri.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 15:46:35 +0200
On Saturday 05 February 2005 13:32, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> Imobach González Sosa wrote:
> >On Saturday 05 February 2005 10:38, Aryan Ameri wrote:
> >>Hi there,
> >>New to FreeBSD and this is my first message to a BSD mailing list.
> >> Hope to learn a lot from you guys.
> >>I am reading the Handbook and chapter 4 which deals with packages
> >> and ports repeatedly refers to the /usr/ports directory. The
> >> problem is that I don't have this directory on my system. I am
> >> using FreeBSD 5.3 on a x86 machine. A simple google and browing
> >> the archives of this list didn't bear much fruit. Have I missed
> >> something during the installation?
> >Ok, it happens because you didn't tell sysinstall to install the
> > ports collection. You could:
> >1) go into sysinstall and choose "ports" from
> > Configure->Distributions. If you got a FreeBSD CD, it install the
> > ports from it. This step is optional, but could save you some time.
> >2) cvsup -L2 -g -h A-MIRROR-NEAR-YOU
> > /usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile This second step will
> > upgraded your ports collection (or will create it if you didn't
> > follow the step 1).
> Use option 2 as a method of last resort for "creating" the ports
> system on your computer. It's taxing on the servers and is generally
> the slowest way you can create the ports system, my uncompressed
> ports tree is 400MB (excluding ./distfiles). Also there is another
> method listed in Michael Lucas's Absolute BSD book, a good book for a
> newbie to pickup, also pickup The Complete FreeBSD (4th Ed.) by Greg
> 'groggy' Lehey and then when your an expert newbie (?, lol) pickup a
> copy of Unix Power Tools (3rd Ed.) published by O'Reilly.
Yes, Thanks for the advise. I am not nearly a Unix newbie, I have been
using Linux and Solaris and OS X for a couple of years now. I am
reading the handbook now and have also ordered The Complete FreeBSD
(4th edition). Will certainly look into the other books that you
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