Utility for safe updating of ports in base system

Kris Kennaway kris at FreeBSD.org
Thu Mar 20 16:49:03 PDT 2008

Pav Lucistnik wrote:
> Kris Kennaway píše v čt 20. 03. 2008 v 23:51 +0100:
>>> A user pointed out to me that on the project ideas page the following 
>>> entry remains:
>>> Write a new utility for the pkg_install suite, possibly named 
>>> pkg_upgrade(1), implementing a subset of existing portupgrade 
>>> functionality. The required functionality is:
>> FWIW, I have no idea why this is on the project list.  I suspect it was 
>> added by someone without any consensus that it's a good idea.
> That was me, a year ago.
>> We have several upgrade tools in ports, and that is where they belong. 
>> Any effort should be spent on improving existing tools, unless you can 
>> make a really good case why they are fundamentally flawed and need to be 
>> rewritten from scratch, discarding all of the previous work on them.
> Since then portmaster matured, so we might think about removing the item
> from Ideas list.
> I can't agree with you that the upgrading utilities have to stay in
> ports. I'd very much like to see one of them be present in the base.

Well as I said, no consensus :)

In the past we've even talked about how to move all of pkg_* out of src 
and into ports, i.e. the opposite case.

Having new pkg_tools features deployed globally across all branches at 
once will solve a lot of problems to do with being able to make use of 
new features now instead of having to wait N years until every currently 
supported release is deprecated.


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