confusion, dports, pkg, and pkgsrc

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Thu May 9 13:34:13 PDT 2013

Dear folks,

I am now confused.  I see that there is pkg, which is like pkg_add,
pkg_delete, ..., in old FreeBSD now they have pkgng and the old tried
and true FreeBSD ports.  The dports is now in DragonFlyBSD making use
of the FreeBSD ports pkgng stuff to install binary packages and avoid
compiling packages.  I see that this is gaining momentum according to
the numbers:

I read the page of handbook regarding pkgsrc:

and I did not even know this, but basic install already had a copy of
firefox 19.0.2 installed.  I used pkgsrc to build xfce and it
installed xfce 4.6 which is kind of old, so I would need to track
latest pkgsrc to get the newest one? On FreeBSD xfce is 4.10.x or so
version.  How do I get the latest one?

I had a booting error so I reinstalled OS and have used pkg to install
unzip.  Is the pkg tool the one that uses Dports?

If so and I decide to use pkg to install packages to update them
easily what is needed?

Thanks and sorry for asking too many questions.

Best Regards,


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