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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Finding Software

Some of these categories have hundreds of ports in them, so how can you ever hope to find anything? The file /usr/ports/INDEX-7 contains a list of all ports in alphabetical order. Each port is described on a single line, with fields separated by pipe symbols (|). While this is convenient for system tools, it's not particularly human-readable. Run make print-index in /usr/ports to get a longer, much more intelligible index. This index is filled with entries like this:

 Port: p5-Compress-Bzip2-2.09 Path: /usr/ports/archivers/p5-Compress-Bzip2 Info: Perl5 interface to bzip2 compression library Maint: demon@FreeBSD.org Index: archivers perl5 B-deps: perl-5.8.8 R-deps: perl-5.8.8 E-deps: perl-5.8.8 P-deps: perl-5.8.8 F-deps: WWW: http://search.cpan.org/dist/Compress-Bzip2/ ...

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