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rlucia writes: "Now we have some patches to The FreeBSD Ports Collection to make it working on Darwin 1.3 (as shipped with Mac OS X). I also patched pkg_* from FreeBSD source tree to use with Darwin. The work is at early stage but I could compile and install (also deinstall) lots of packages."

Check it out at Darwin pkg, Darwin ports or compiled packages files.
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Authored by: robh on Apr 04, '01 05:46:32AM

I just wanted to explain to folks unfamiliar with the FreeBSD ports collection can do for you.

There are lots of different versions of unix out there and when a new application or new version of an application comes along it more often than not will only compile on one flavour of unix - the one that the programmer was using. For unix and C programming experts this isn't a problem, you simply make a few changes to the config and/or the source code and hey presto you've ported it to another version of unix. What do you do if you're not a unix/programming black-belt ?, you wait for someone else to port the software for you.

The FreeBSD ports collection is a collection of unix applications that have already been ported to run on FreeBSD. Someone has worked out all the changes needed to make each application compile and has kindly packaged these changes in with the sources, so that any FreeBSD user can come along, download the revised software, type 'make install' (usually as root), and use the new software straight away.

The FreeBSD ports collection is the envy of many in the Linux crowd.

If Darwin (the unix underneath OSX) can tap into the FreeBSD ports collection then OSX users will have a huge free software resource to play with.

See http://www.freebsd.org/ports/ for an idea of what's available via the FreeBSD ports system. There's a categorised list at the end of that page.



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