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This is correct, especially for the more exotic supported hardware platforms. Due to restricted resources, packages for all ports are not created.

The rule of thumb is to use packages when available; otherwise, compile from ports.
Yeh I always use package whenever available, it is much better than waiting for ports to compile when it has already been done!! I just happen to search for them in the ports then do a pkg_add whenever I can... of course with PKG_PATH properly set up.

I personally also use ports to get newer packages... this is probably a very bad thing to do... I tried to install one of the 4.3's package on my 4.2 system, it didn't work... so I checked out the port for that package from 4.3's ports tree, and replaced that port in my 4.2 ports tree, compiled and installed it from there, which does work.
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YI tried to install one of the 4.3's package on my 4.2 system, it didn't work...
Correct. libc is incremented with each release, so attempting to install 4.3 packages onto 4.2 (or vice versa...) will likely be problematic. The *BSD's in general tightly couple the kernel to the userland & applications. Keeping everything synchronized is very important.

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The *BSD's in general tightly couple the kernel to the userland & applications. Keeping everything synchronized is very important.
So it could be very bad to run a 4.3 package (build from 4.3 ports tree) on a 4.2 system huh?

AFAIK, doing so is totally unsupported by OpenBSD, and is not endorsed by anyone using OpenBSD. It is a try it at your own risk thing.
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AFAIK, doing so is totally unsupported by OpenBSD, and is not endorsed by anyone using OpenBSD.
Absolutely correct.
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