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Bootstrapping the Project

The term bootstrapping comes from the idea of pulling yourself up from your bootstraps and refers to the process of starting something with no foundation. Bootstrapping anything is an interesting task because, by definition, one is starting with almost nothing at all, or at least not enough to directly get what is eventually desired; the foundation must be built incrementally. The steps involved in bootstrapping a BSD port are outlined in this section.

Lawrence Kesteloot
Fri Jan 20 16:29:52 EST 1995