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Hi, I've installed FreeBSD 5.3 using the minimum install option, and would like to immediately install the ports collection. What I've done in the past is sysinstall via ftp and then CVSup to update. Is that insane? Can I just CVSup and forget about the sysinstall? Is one method quicker than the other? Maybe there's a better method altogether... Chris...

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    Default Sysinstall + CVSup or just CVSup?

    Hi,

    I've installed FreeBSD 5.3 using the minimum install option, and would
    like to immediately install the ports collection. What I've done in the
    past is sysinstall via ftp and then CVSup to update. Is that insane?
    Can I just CVSup and forget about the sysinstall? Is one method quicker
    than the other? Maybe there's a better method altogether...

    Chris
    Christopher Guest

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    Default Re: Sysinstall + CVSup or just CVSup?

    Chris,
    I alway install the ports that I want during my initial installation
    so I'm not sure what the best post installation method is. I would
    venture to say that cvsup would be you best bet.

    --Nick



    On Apr 7, 2005 8:22 AM, Christopher Lane <com> wrote: 
    Nick Guest

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    Default Re: Sysinstall + CVSup or just CVSup?

    Nick Pavlica wrote: 

    My goal is to have the latest ports, regardless of which ones I actually
    want to install. I guess my question is more "can I CVSup without first
    installing the ports collection, and if I do so, does that save time or
    take longer?"

    - Chris

    Christopher Guest

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    Default Re: Sysinstall + CVSup or just CVSup?

    On Apr 7, 2005 9:12 AM, Christopher Lane <com> wrote: 
    >
    > My goal is to have the latest ports, regardless of which ones I actually
    > want to install. I guess my question is more "can I CVSup without first
    > installing the ports collection, and if I do so, does that save time or
    > take longer?"
    >
    > - Chris
    >[/ref]

    Using cvsup is the way to go for getting the latest ports. I believe
    that you can use cvsup without installing the ports collection from
    cd. I would suggest configuring the ports-supfile and running cvsup
    (cvsup -g -L 2 ports-supfile). You should also update your base with
    cvsup and make buildworld as described in the handbook.

    --Nick
    Nick Guest

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    Default Re: Sysinstall + CVSup or just CVSup?

    Christopher Lane <com> writes:
     

    The short answer is that you can do it, and it will probably cost you
    some time. The slightly longer answer is that how much time you save
    (by downloading the ports tree before doing a cvsup on it) depends on
    a number of factors, most notably your network bandwidth. There also
    are a few possible "gotchas" to keep in mind if you "adopt" an
    existing tree this way: see the CVSUP FAQ at
    http://www.cvsup.org/faq.html
    and particularly the questions in the "Recipes" section.

    --
    Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area
    http://be-well.ilk.org/~lowell/
    Lowell Guest

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