Updating ports

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Tue Mar 14 20:02:46 UTC 2006

Hi Lisa,

The supfile just upgrades the sources.  You actually have to build and
install it for it to make any changes.  Using the standard supfile,
you can just do portupgrade -arR and it will only upgrade your ports,
it won't touch the base system at all.  Then when you want to upgrade
the base system, you have the sources available and can do that.  But
don't worry, there's nothing wrong with having the most up to date
base source, even if you haven't upgraded in a couple months.

I use portsnap for updating my ports tree.  I wish I could tell you
the advantages, but I've been using it for over a year now and don't
really remember to be perfectly honest :)  Anyway, I run portsnap
nightly, and then do a weekly update of my base system source using

I wrote a simple article that shows you how to install and configure
portsnap, if you're interested.


On 3/14/06, Lisa Casey <lisa at jellico.com> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I might be a bit confused here. If so, I'm sure you'll tell me about it ;-)
> I'm running FreeBSD 5.3. I want to update my ports. So I went to the FreeBSD
> handbook and started reading up on how to do that. According to what I read,
> I need to install cvsup then create a supfile. OK, so far so good. I  just
> now installed cvsup-without-gui  (I'm not running any kind of gui - this is
> a server).
> I don't want to update my entire system from FreeBSD 5.3 to something else
> then do all the make world stuff (although it would be a good idea for me to
> learn how to do that someday - I just want to update my ports). I got
> started on this because I wanted to install webmin but I noticed that, in my
> ports collection the version of webmin is 1.150 whereas the current webmin
> port at Freshports is version 1.260_2.  I figured it would be a good idea
> just to go ahead and update my ports first before installing webmin so I
> could install the latest version from ports rather than downloading the
> tar.gz  and installing it that way.
> Next I need the supfile. I took a look at
> /usr/share/examples/cvsup/standard-supfile (I think that's what I want) but
> that looks like something that is going to upgrade the entire system (as I
> said - probably a good idea but I just don't want to do that now, I just
> want to update my ports).
> Can't I just update the ports without updating the entire system? If so, am
> I going about it the right way or am I just plain confused? If I am going
> about it the right way then I think there's something about the supfile that
> I obviously don't understand.
> I'ld appreciate it if someone on this list could straighten out my thinking.
> Thanks,
> Lisa Casey
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