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A package is a port that has been pre-compiled for maximum compability and speed of install. As a result you can't change the compile options and they usually don't run as fast as ports.

Sometimes a package is a good alternative to a port when the port or one of its dependencies is broken; or when you just need something installed very quick.

Packages are added with the command Pkg add, removed with pkg_delete and you can identify which packages have been installed on your system via the pkg_info command.

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