Changeset 34085 for trunk/doc-new


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Feb 12, 2008, 6:47:10 AM (11 years ago)
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markd@…
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Refine introductory text.

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    77  <para>MacPorts is an easy to use system for compiling, installing, and
    8   managing free and open source software. MacPorts may be conceptually divided
    9   into two main parts: the infrastructure, known as MacPorts base, and the set
    10   of available ports. A MacPorts port is a set of specifications contained in
    11   a <link linkend="development.introduction">Portfile</link> that defines an
     8  managing open source software. MacPorts may be conceptually divided into two
     9  main parts: the infrastructure, known as MacPorts base, and the set of
     10  available ports. A MacPorts port is a set of specifications contained in a
     11  <link linkend="development.introduction">Portfile</link> that defines an
    1212  application, its characteristics, and any files or special instructions
    13   required to install it, so MacPorts may automatically fetch, patch, compile,
    14   and install ported software.</para>
    15 
    16   <para>However, installing software using MacPorts instead of doing it
    17   manually brings advantages apart from scripted installs for individual
    18   applications. For example, MacPorts:</para>
     13  required to install it. This allows you to use a single command to tell
     14  MacPorts to automatically download, compile, and install applications and
     15  libraries. But using MacPorts to manage your open source software provides
     16  several other significant advantages. For example, MacPorts:</para>
    1917
    2018  <itemizedlist>
    2119    <listitem>
    2220      <para>Installs automatically any required support software, known as
    23       "dependencies", for a given port.</para>
     21      <quote>dependencies</quote>, for a given port.</para>
    2422    </listitem>
    2523
    2624    <listitem>
    27       <para>Provides automatic uninstalls and upgrades for installed
    28       ports.</para>
     25      <para>Provides for uninstalls and upgrades for installed ports.</para>
    2926    </listitem>
    3027
    3128    <listitem>
    32       <para>Confines ported software to a private "sandbox" that keeps it from
    33       intermingling with your operating system and its vendor-supplied
    34       software to prevent them from becoming corrupted.</para>
     29      <para>Confines ported software to a private <quote>sandbox</quote> that
     30      keeps it from intermingling with your operating system and its
     31      vendor-supplied software to prevent them from becoming corrupted.</para>
    3532    </listitem>
    3633
    3734    <listitem>
    3835      <para>Allows you to create pre-compiled binary installers of ported
    39       applications to quickly install software on computers without compiling
    40       from source code.</para>
     36      applications to quickly install software on remote computers without
     37      compiling from source code.</para>
    4138    </listitem>
    4239  </itemizedlist>
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