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Old 1st October 2008
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Default Packages vs. Ports

What are the primary differences between using either one? Or do they both achieve the same results when getting a program?
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I think they explained it rather clear here: http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq15.html#Intro
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I think they explained it rather clear here: http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq15.html#Intro
Thanks, I already knew most of that stuff, but I was wondering if Packages or Ports is more updated frequently for security patches, etc. I run OBSD -Stable.
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...I was wondering if Packages or Ports is more updated frequently for security patches, etc. I run OBSD -Stable.
All enhancements, fixes, & updates to the ports tree is done in -current. -current becomes -release each May 1 & November 1. For more information on OpenBSD's flavors, study Section 5.1 of the FAQ:

http://openbsd.org/faq/faq5.html#Flavors

At this point, packages for -release (which includes -stable...) are only updated at each new release. There was a time when some -stable (& rarely -release...) packages were updated mid-cycle along with some security updates trickling down, but resources are currently such that there isn't enough manpower involved with the project to continue this practice. Perhaps in time it will resume.

There is no difference between the packages provided by the project to what can be compiled via a local ports tree. The project recommends that all OpenBSD users use packages to save both time & bandwidth to the mirrors. For more information, study Section 15.1 of the FAQ:

http://openbsd.org/faq/faq15.html#Intro

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