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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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16CUSTOMIZING SOFTWARE WITH PORTS

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Packages provide the most common configurations of the most desirable programs. If you’re building a generic web server, chances are that the official FreeBSD package of nginx or lighttpd or whatever your preferred web server is will suffice. If you have a special environment or less common needs, that’s where the Ports Collection comes in. The Ports Collection is a tool for easily building customized versions of many software packages. It combines dependency, licensing, maintainer, and all other software information in a standard machine- and human-readable format. Ports let you set system options like “forbid ...

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