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 pkg_add - Release Version mixup
Author: Greg B 
Date:   14-06-05 21:08

So let me start by saying I'm relatively new to FreeBSD, not totally green just new.

I've been trying to wrap my head around the difference between ports and packages.

I found out that I can't use binaries listed here when I'm using an older version / release of FreeBSD. This is because pkg_add looks in my release branch of the packages ftp site. These packages are old because they are the ones compiled and tested on that release.

ie. ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-5.3-release/Latest/

The ports listing on freshports is a little misleading (to newbies like me). There is no "For Release 5.4 only" marked on the ports. Yet the "To Add the Package" directions only refer to the package not the port.

I ask / suggest that there be a note that the binary is compiled for Release X.X

This would have saved me lots of time trying to figure this out.

Greg

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 Re: pkg_add - Release Version mixup
Author: Dan 
Date:   24-06-05 04:22

Greg B wrote:

> So let me start by saying I'm relatively new to FreeBSD, not
> totally green just new.
>
> I've been trying to wrap my head around the difference between
> ports and packages.
>
> I found out that I can't use binaries listed here when I'm
> using an older version / release of FreeBSD. This is because
> pkg_add looks in my release branch of the packages ftp site.
> These packages are old because they are the ones compiled and
> tested on that release.
>
> ie.
> ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-5.3-release/Latest/

You can change where it looks.

> The ports listing on freshports is a little misleading (to
> newbies like me). There is no "For Release 5.4 only" marked on
> the ports. Yet the "To Add the Package" directions only refer
> to the package not the port.
>
> I ask / suggest that there be a note that the binary is
> compiled for Release X.X

Hmmm, there's not really any way for us to know that.

But please do keep looking into this. Perhaps there is a way to do this. If you can find out more about the problem, perhaps we can fix it.

> This would have saved me lots of time trying to figure this
> out.

How did you figure it out?

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