Re: Is it O.K. to use the 7.0 ports tree on 6.3 ?
On Fri, 23 Nov 2007, Doug Barton wrote:[color=blue]
> Pete French wrote:[color=green]
> > I have a set of machines running 7.0 and a set running 6.3 which I
> > would like to use the same ports on. I was under the impression that
> > there was only one ports tree, so is it safe to simply untar the
> > ports.tgz file from 7.0 on the 6.3 machines, rename INDEX-7 to INDEX-6
> > and install away, or are there more subtle differences to tran the unwary ?[/color]
> You've already received the right advice about not renaming the INDEX,
> but I think it's also worth mentioning that untar'ing a static picture
> of the ports tree is of little practical value unless you never plan
> to update the base, and you never plan to update any ports on that
> You're much better off starting with downloading the tree with csup,
> that way you can maintain it more easily down the road.[/color]
Or you can just use 'portsnap fetch extract' and then for updates use
'portsnap fetch update'. This maintains the INDEX files according to
your base system also; you don't need to use make fetchindex.
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