BSD 5.0 Perl question

crizza crizza at
Fri Jun 20 13:59:06 BST 2003

Hi Gavin.

You need a package called cvsup. Its in the ports tree under net ( i 
think ) and it also comes on one of the fbsd installation disks ( if you 
have them )

compile or pkg_add the respective cvsup source or binary ( there is also 
cvsupit that does same thing but is easier and has gui ) I would 
recommend cvsupit if this is your first time updating the ports tree and 
then move onto the cli based cvsup when you feel more confident.

Once compiled, run it and follow the onscreen instructions to *update 
the ports tree and also its a good idea to look through the manual pages 
for cvsup and cvsupit ( if there is a manual page for cvsupit??? ).

Try 'perl -V' on the cli. This should give you more information about 
the native installation of perl on your fbsd system

Any make using the ports collection should fetch any dependancies for 
the sources in question.

hope this helps


*if you have dial up it may take some time.

Gavin Davenport wrote:

>Hi there (first question to the list)
>I'm having a bit of trouble handling perl and its relationship with other
>I've discovered you can run make clean in /usr/ports which cleans the entire
>collection. Nice :)
>However, I'm really confused about what (if any) perl gets installed when
>you install the OS (FreeBSD 5.0) (I'm sure one does), and then the fact that
>most of the packages seem to include perl 5.6.1 rather than my preferred
>perl 5.8.0.
>When I run make clean I'm getting loads of this type of thing:
>===> astro/stars
>===>  Cleaning for libiconv-1.8_2
>===>  Cleaning for gettext-0.11.5_1
>===>  Cleaning for gmake-3.80
>===>  Cleaning for imake-4.2.0_1
>===>  Cleaning for libtool-1.3.4_4
>===>  Cleaning for perl-5.6.1_11
>===>  Cleaning for freetype2-2.1.2_1
>===>  Cleaning for expat-1.95.5
>===>  Cleaning for XFree86-libraries-4.2.1_5
>===>  Cleaning for stars-1.0
>Suggesting its cleaning all packages its dependent on too.
>I _think_ I've pkg_deinstalled perl 5.6.1, and 'made' perl from the
>ports collection. This gives me a problem with MIME::Parser and IO::File so
>have to pkg_add -f
>over the top (yuck) which fixes the problems.
>How do I get my ports tree to go looking for dependencies with perl 5.8.0 ??
>I want to re-compile postfix - I think I'd better understand how to maintain
>the ports tree first.
>How do I go and grab all the latest ports info (Makefiles,distinfo,etc..)
>for the latest ports collection ??
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