How to set repository to install binary packages on amd64 FreeBSD 9.1

Though, it is always good idea to build from source for better performance of Apache + MySQL + PHP, its not worthy the time on installing minor things like; trafshow, tcpdump or deco (MC – midnight commander like native freebsd BSD program).

If you're on a 64 bit version of FreeBSD ( amd64) 9.1 and you try to install a binary package with;

freebsd# pkg_add -vr vim

Ending up with an error;

Error: Unable to get ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9.1-release/Latest/vim.tbz: File unavailable (e.g., file not found, no access)
pkg_add: unable to fetch 'ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9.1-release/Latest/vim.tbz' by URL
pkg_add: 1 package addition(s) failed

The error is caused by lack of special packages-9.1-release directory existing on FreeBSD.org servers. I've realized this after doing a quick manual check opening ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64. The existing URL containing working fbsd 9.1 binaries is:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/
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You will have to set a repository for FreeBSD 9.1 amd64 packages manually with cmd:
freebsd# echo $SHELL
/bin/csh
freebsd# setenv PACKAGESITE ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/

If you're on bash shell use export instead:

freebsd# export PACKAGESITE="ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/"

To make ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/ as a permanent binary repository:

echo 'setenv PACKAGESITE ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/' >> /root/.cshrc

or

echo 'export PACKAGESITE="ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-9-current/Latest/"' >> /root/.bashrc

Now, pkg_add as much as you like ;)

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