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.
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
How did you figure it out?