Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FreeBSD Virtual Machine: Ports / Installing Perl

One of the ways to install additional software in the FreeBSD system is with ports. Here is a brief explanation on how to download the "ports tree" and install one of then (perl).

1. Use the portsnap command to download the ports tree into the local system:

portsnap fetch extract

2. The ports tree will be created under "/usr/ports/". Once it is populated with all the makefiles and patches, any of the ports can be installed by doing the following e.g. perl:

cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5.20/ && make install clean

3. At last, check whether the installation was successful:

perl -v


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