[PC-BSD Testing] ports tree auto-update

Tigersharke . tigersharke at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 13:42:23 PST 2011


Howdy,.,

A conversation on IRC lead to this thought..

Currently when a new system is installed, the ports tree (and source) are
pulled from the install media, and it is unpacked from a tarball.

What I propose, is that the above happens as usual, however:  (contingent
upon network/repo access)

   - at first boot or first login, the system updater does a check on the
   ports tree and updates it (*if* the ports tree was added during install).
   - could system source be 'sketched in' and then obtained at first
   boot/login?

With this arrangement, the ports tree is not stale and its freshness is not
so tied to the release date of the media.  Things like EasyPBI (especially
once it is available as a PBI itself) will then be able to work on the
latest ports.

Thanks for your time and interest!
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