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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Using Ports

Installing software from ports takes longer than using packages, and the Ports Collection requires a live Internet connection. In exchange, the Ports Collection can produce more optimal results than packages. Let's take a look at a port, and not just any port. Perhaps the biggest single piece of software that runs on FreeBSD is OpenOffice.org, in /usr/ports/editors/openoffice.org-2. This software contains a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, and other assorted pieces that make it a pretty serious contender against Microsoft Office. The directory contains:

Makefile       distinfo       files           pkg-descr       pkg-plist

The Makefile contains the basic instructions for building the port. If you read this file, you'll quickly find that it's only ...

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