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I have used yum and apt for package management. The ports system which is in use in *BSD is new to me. I see that some Linux distributions also use it. Like the Gentoo portage and Arch's ABS. I would like to know how they work? A comparison with apt or yum would be good to have.

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Take a look at this article which compares the various package management systems.

The article compares the following systems:

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    The link provided shows how to use different package management systems., which is not what i am looking for. I am looking for how they differ in the way each of them work.
    – bagavadhar
    Commented May 26, 2013 at 7:03

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