If you install software using any of the tools described in this chapter, you will automatically be notified whenever a newer version of software is available.The rest of this chapter demonstrates how to use the built-in graphical and command-line tools for managing software and upgrades.Once you've installed your Open BSD system, packages are there to make your life easier.A works for me/life is good guide for your weekend reading.
Jordan Hubbard committed what would become the legendary ports system on August 21, 1994. Fetching snapshot generated at Thu Oct 31 EDT 2013: 98c3a00130d24348ff5bcca8474e4c6cb777d838e8f5d2 27% of 69 MB 3728 k Bps 00m21s The portsnap tool will download a snapshot of the tree from the mirror closest to you, verify its integrity against a public key and then extract everything to /usr/ports.Installing Open BSD is easy, and takes you maybe 20 minutes.Most articles and guides you find out there will urge you to take a look at the files in and explore the man pages to make the system do what you want.That man page serves as a handy checklist of things you should at least take a peek at to ensure that your system is in good working order.Some packages will write important information, such as strings or stanzas to put in your for details. The story of the ports and packages goes back to the early days of free software when we finally found ourselves with complete operating systems that were free and hackers^H^H^H^H^H^H system administrators found that even with full featured operating systems such as the BSDs, there were sometimes things you would want to do that was not already in there.2014-06-04 Live demo in BSD Now Episode 040 | Originally written by TJ for | Last updated: 2014/11/01 NOTE: the author/maintainer of the tutorial(s) is no longer with the show, so the information below may be outdated or incorrect.Like most of the other BSDs, Open BSD supports multiple ways of installing third party software.Both their ports and package systems were originally taken from Free BSD, but have since changed quite a bit.If you're familiar with the Free BSD versions, you'll notice a lot of similarities, but also some interesting differences.Things must be kept in sync with the base system version.It's recommended to properly set up sudo instead of using the root account, and the FAQ has instructions for that.Since then, it's grown to become the most powerful and flexible way to manage software. You only need to do "fetch extract" the very first time you install.It's been copied and imitated by others, and is the basis of Open BSD's ports, Net BSD's pkgsrc, Dragon Fly BSD's dports and even Gentoo Linux's portage. After that, you can keep your tree up to date by issuing: For more information and options, see the portsnap man page.As you can see, it's pretty awesome - and people recognize that. It can also be called via a cron script so your tree is updated automatically every night. Once you have /usr/ports populated with all the makefiles and patches, you're ready to begin installing whatever you need.