Originally Posted by gabi
OKO: which GUI tool? And here are two more pressing questions: recall your suggestion
portsnap fetch && portsnap extract
1. How does portsnap know that the tarball to be fetched is on the Desktop, and it is to be extracted in /usr/?
2. Is there a quick way to look up (from within PC-BSD) the syntax and effects of a FreeBSD command so I don't have to clog this forum every time I run into trouble?
portsnap is designed to be smart and do things with minimal input from user.
The same goes for installing software using ports or pkg_add -r utility.
Another method is for getting ports is cvsup. Read the FreeBSD handbook
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... ports.html
That is one of the best computer manuals ever written period.
FreeBSD ports and packaging system is one of the best packaging methods in open source copied by OpenBSD (which I use), NetBSD, and Gentoo.
The only other Linux distro with serious packaging system is Debian.
It has been a while since I had PC-BSD on any of my computers but if you are playing with the part of the menu dealing with system there is GUI for fetching ports (essentially graphical front end for portsnap and GUI for cvsup for the system source if you have not picked up during the installation)