ports ?

Ben Smithurst ben at scientia.demon.co.uk
Tue Jul 18 03:06:56 BST 2000


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faisal wrote:

> Hello i am new to free bsd i have heard a lot about freeBSD prots can any=
one
> explain to my what they are ?

Each port is a few files, most importantly a Makefile, which allow you
to download, compile and install a piece of software with two commands,
e.g.

	# cd /usr/ports/mail/mutt
	# make install

Please see <http://www.FreeBSD.org/ports/> as well.  If you have access
to a FreeBSD system (or run it at home, or whatever), check "man ports"
too.  There's also the Porter's Handbook, which explains a few things,
I'm not sure of the URL offhand but you should be able to find it from
the Documentation page on FreeBSD's website (<http://www.FreeBSD.org/>).
You could check the Handbook too, it has a chapter on the Ports
Collection.

Is that enough for now? :-)

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