3 Questions regarding Binary Package Management

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3 Questions regarding Binary Package Management

Postby shepper » 03 May 2011, 04:38

I have a fresh, minimal install of FreeBSD 8.2 i386 and it looks like the applications I would like to run are in stable as opposed to release (libreoffice, firefox 4).

1. If I set PACKAGESITE to [FILE]****/packages-8-stable/Latest/[/FILE] do I also need an 8-stable base system?

2. Browsing the forums I found mention of '[FILE]bxpkg[/FILE]' in ports. Is it also in the binary package respositories - I just found the [FILE]bxpkg[/FILE] package in the ftp site

3. Is stable updated daily or is it more like OpenBSD current with periodic updates - I want to avoid getting caught between python updates.
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Postby jb_fvwm2 » 03 May 2011, 05:13

1... I'd ncftp to packages-8-stable/www, for instance, to get the latest available, for instance, seamonkey(2) browser... as to Q#3, all are updated as license and hardware resources allow. Maybe seek other posts with long explanations of which there are many.
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Postby SirDice » 03 May 2011, 06:25

1) Usually you don't need to run -stable to use the -stable packages. There can be slight differences between a -STABLE and -RELEASE which could make packages build for -STABLE fail on a -RELEASE but that doesn't happen too often.

2) bxpkg is a GUI frontend to manage packages

3) -STABLE is a continuously moving target. It also has nothing to do with python or any other port. The base OS and the ports system are two separate entities.
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Postby shepper » 04 May 2011, 01:32

Thanks to the above posters I built an OpenBox with libreoffice and firefox4. There were some minor issues with intels cpu speed stepping that where solved by advice elsewhere in the forum.

Looking down the road, I would like to keep the system up-to-date and do not necessarily need a GUI based front end to manage packages. I was hoping for something simple like openbsd's [cmd=]pkg_add -ui[/cmd] I understand that [cmd=]portupgrade -PP[/cmd] will accomplish this. In practice does [cmd=]portupgrade -PP[/cmd] leave one with a working desktop or from a reliability standpoint would it be better to go with [FILE]bxpkg[/FILE]?

It looks like it should be [cmd=]portmaster -PP[/cmd] as pointed out in the next post.
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Postby jb_fvwm2 » 04 May 2011, 04:03

Today, I've run multiple instances of
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portmaster -d -B -i
(saving lots of time not updating gcc45, for example, but in the past I've used -PP with that to use packages-only IIRC. You might try that, you can tack on multiple package names to the one command if the syntax is right. (See other posts, search "portmaster" here and/or its man-page...)
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