One of the difference between FreeBSD 4.4 and previous edition is
that (1) the install.iso disk has only a minimal of packages; a
drastic reduction from 4.3 edition; (2) on the www.freebsd.org, the
ports do not come in tar'ed files anymore; all the Makefile etc are
This has created such painful situation for me. I did not want a
million tiny files from the ports that I don't want to use; so, I did
not install any ports when I install FreeBSD and I am without the
/usr/ports directory. I use pkg_add to add things I need so far.
But there are ports I want, such as the xmms. The problem is that
ports like xmms has a huge dependency list, and each port on this list
has its own dependency, and I refuse to suffer the pain of downloading
every Makefile and patch file and checksum file for every port and its
depency port. It is just too much.
The FAQ and Handbook says do "make foo-bar" or "make search=foobar,"
in the /usr/ports. But I don't even have and I don't want to have
unnecessary junks in this directory if I have to mkdir it. And the
whole ports tar file is 15 megs most of which I don't want.
Can you experts and High Minds of the FreeBSD Collective please lend
me a hand and help me out of this quamire?
Thanks so much! I will lower my shields and surrender my weapons. If
this question has been answer adequately, although I can't find such
news thread, then just assimilate me.