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Binary Packages

As in FreeBSD, you can use the pkg_add command. To do this you will need to set the PKG_PATH environmental variable. This can be set during the initial installation under the config option. The path follows the format: example for AMD64 the PKG_PATH would look as follows:*.

Newer versions of FreeBSD have pkgng system for installing binary packages. On NetBSD, the command is pkgin. See here for more information on using it. From my brief experience, I had far more success using pkgin than pkg_add or even building from source. I also found pkgin more user friendly than FreeBSD's pkgng system.

roddie rod 2013-03-18