Changeset 27489 for trunk/doc


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Aug 5, 2007, 2:36:47 AM (12 years ago)
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markd@…
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Intro text refinement.

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    55  <title>Introduction</title>
    66
    7   <para>MacPorts is a system for building, installing, and managing free and
    8   open source software. MacPorts "ports" are definitions of applications,
    9   their characteristics, and any files or special instructions required to
    10   install them in files named <filename>Portfile</filename>s, so MacPorts may
    11   automatically fetch, patch, compile, and install ported applications.</para>
     7  <para>MacPorts is a system for compiling, installing, and managing free and
     8  open source software. A MacPorts "port" is a set of specifications contained
     9  in a <filename>Portfile</filename> that defines an application, its
     10  characteristics, and any files or special instructions required to install
     11  it, so MacPorts may automatically fetch, patch, compile, and install ported
     12  software.</para>
    1213
    13   <para>MacPorts may also be used to pre-compile ported applications into
    14   binaries that may be installed on remote computers. Binaries of ported
    15   applications may be installed very quickly since the steps required to
    16   install ports from source code have all been performed in advance. MacPorts
    17   provides several major advantages over installing free and open source
    18   software manually.</para>
     14  <para>MacPorts may also be used to pre-compile ported software into binaries
     15  that may be installed on remote computers. Binaries of ported software may
     16  be installed very quickly since the steps required to install ports from
     17  source code have all been performed in advance.</para>
     18
     19  <para>MacPorts provides several major advantages over installing free and
     20  open source software manually.</para>
    1921
    2022  <itemizedlist>
    2123    <listitem>
    22       <para>MacPorts automatically installs a given port's required support
    23       applications or libraries, known as "dependencies".</para>
     24      <para>MacPorts automatically installs any required support software,
     25      known as "dependencies", for a given port.</para>
    2426    </listitem>
    2527
     
    2729      <para>MacPorts confines ported software to a private "sandbox" that
    2830      keeps it from intermingling with your operating system and its
    29       vendor-supplied libraries and prevents them from becoming
     31      vendor-supplied software and prevents them from becoming
    3032      corrupted.</para>
    3133    </listitem>
     
    4547
    4648    <para>The MacPorts Guide uses some notational conventions to distinguish
    47     between terminal input/output, file text, and other data types.</para>
     49    between terminal input/output, file text, and other special text
     50    types.</para>
    4851
    4952    <itemizedlist>
     
    5962
    6063      <listitem>
    61         <para>Other data types.</para>
     64        <para>Other special text types.</para>
    6265
    6366        <para>A hyperlink: <ulink
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