Gavin Reade greadey at gmail.com
Sun May 26 18:30:41 PDT 2013

Hi John,

Thanks for that.  I must have panicked a bit since I found the answer out
my self "pkg info".  All the packages I'd built were registered with pkg.



On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM, John Marino <dragonflybsd at marino.st>wrote:

> On 5/24/2013 13:17, Gavin Reade wrote:
>> Anyway enough babble, I had DFly 3.2 and upgraded to 3.4, lost my
>> X server config, machine went dead (no virtual consoles) so I just
>> installed a vanilla 3.4.
> If you had an x86-64, it may have been the avx support that kill your
> packages.  They all have to be rebuilt.  Additionally, there seems to be an
> increasing number of reports of problems with pkgsrc xorg and DragonFly 3.4.
>  Maybe a good idea, maybe not (thinking back to my Win95 days......).
>> 'Course, the new thing is dports.  First thing I did was get the dports
>> tree and install lynx.  I did a make&&  make install&&  make clean.
>> However I have been reading stuff and there is another part.....
>> pkg??.  My question is; is the general idea to use dports to
>> build the package and then use pkg? to install it?
>> How does pkg relate to dports?  Can dports install
>> ready made binary packages (there seems to be no dports command).
> There is no "dports" command.
> "pkg" is what you want.
> pkg is a binary package manager.  Pretty much all of the packages that
> build have already been built for you, so you don't need to compile them.
>  (see https://www.dragonflybsd.org/**docs/howtos/HowToDPorts/<https://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/howtos/HowToDPorts/>
> )
> pkg is also involved during the source builds.  pkg is an invisible
> dependency of every port, so it will always be built and installed for a
> source build if it's not already present.  You don't need to do anything
> special, including building it first (that happens automatically).
> The "general" idea is that people should use the prebuilt packages.  If
> they need to build from scratch to change the options, or if the prebuilt
> version isn't available, they can and it integrates fine with the prebuilt
> versions.
> Does that help?  It's pretty easy -- just look at "man pkg" or "pkg help"
> etc and it should make sense.
> John
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