portmaster-with-package-support release candidate available for testing

Doug Barton dougb at FreeBSD.org
Tue Dec 1 22:44:45 UTC 2009

Hash: RIPEMD160


I'm very excited to announce that what I hope to be the final version
of the new portmaster with package support is now available for
testing. I've done quite a bit of regression testing myself, but the
last time I posted about the beta version several people were kind
enough to give it a go and I got several really good suggestions. It
would be really great if more users could give this version a try
before I commit it to the actual port.

You can find the information on accessing the svn version at

A more-or-less complete list of the new features:

- -P|--packages, -PP|--packages-only
	Basically like the portupgrade features to try downloading a package
first then build it if no package is available, or use only packages.

- --packages-build
	For packages that are ONLY listed as build dependencies for the ports
being updated in this run, download packages if available.

- --delete-build-only
	For packages/ports that are ONLY listed as build dependencies for the
ports being updated in this run, delete them when the run is over.

- --packages-if-newer
	This is a modifier to -P|-PP. Use the package if newer than what's
installed (or the same as what's installed with -f) even if it's not
the most recent version according to the ports tree.

- --always-fetch
	If we are using packages download a new one even if there is an
up-to-date version already on the local file system.



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