portmaster and meaning of --show-work

Miroslav Lachman 000.fbsd at quip.cz
Mon Jan 25 17:30:46 UTC 2010

Doug Barton wrote:
> On 1/21/2010 6:08 AM, Miroslav Lachman wrote:


I am sorry to not reply earlier...

>> The next step (non default) can be interactive run of portmaster for
>> beginers with questions like:
>> # portmaster php5-extensions
>> The following ports will be updated or installed
>> as part of update of php5-extensions:
>> [there will be similar list as above]
>> Do you really want to continue the update? Y/N:
> Funny you should mention that. :) The current svn version of portmaster
> (users/dougb/portmaster) has this exact feature, and it's almost ready
> to be committed to the port. It's currently on by default, and I just
> need to add a knob to disable it, and some code to override it if the
> only thing to do is the one port the user specified on the command line.
> I may get to that today, but $REALLIFE has been kicking my *hrmph*
> lately, so it may not be done till the weekend. I would appreciate it if
> you would give that a look and tell me if it suits your needs. It's
> likely that once I'm 100% convinced that this new feature is the right
> way to go that I will drop the --show-work option altogether.

I upgraded to portmaster-2.17 with this new feature and it is really nice!

(little example for other readers)

# portmaster php5-extensions-1.3

===>>> The following actions will be taken if you choose to proceed:
         Re-install php5-extensions-1.3
         Upgrade php5-bz2-5.2.11_1 to php5-bz2-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-5.2.11_1 to php5-5.2.12
         Upgrade libxml2-2.7.6 to libxml2-2.7.6_1
         Upgrade apache-2.2.13 to apache-2.2.14_5
         Upgrade apr-db42- to apr-db42-
         Upgrade python26-2.6.2_3 to python26-2.6.4
         Upgrade expat-2.0.1 to expat-2.0.1_1
         Upgrade php5-zlib-5.2.11_1 to php5-zlib-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-iconv-5.2.11_1 to php5-iconv-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-mbstring-5.2.11_1 to php5-mbstring-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-mysql-5.2.11_1 to php5-mysql-5.2.12
         Upgrade mysql-client-5.1.40 to mysql-client-5.1.42
         Upgrade php5-mysqli-5.2.11_1 to php5-mysqli-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-spl-5.2.11_1 to php5-spl-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-pcre-5.2.11_1 to php5-pcre-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-simplexml-5.2.11_1 to php5-simplexml-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-json-5.2.11_1 to php5-json-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-tokenizer-5.2.11_1 to php5-tokenizer-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-curl-5.2.11_1 to php5-curl-5.2.12
         Upgrade curl-7.19.7 to curl-7.19.7_1
         Upgrade ca_root_nss-3.11.9_2 to ca_root_nss-3.12.4
         Upgrade php5-gd-5.2.11_2 to php5-gd-5.2.12
         Upgrade png-1.2.40 to png-1.2.42
         Upgrade freetype2-2.3.9_1 to freetype2-2.3.11
         Install mail/php5-imap
         Install mail/cclient
         Upgrade php5-hash-5.2.11_1 to php5-hash-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-openssl-5.2.11_1 to php5-openssl-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-ctype-5.2.11_1 to php5-ctype-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-dom-5.2.11_1 to php5-dom-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-xml-5.2.11_1 to php5-xml-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-xmlreader-5.2.11_1 to php5-xmlreader-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-session-5.2.11_1 to php5-session-5.2.12
         Upgrade php5-tidy-5.2.11_1 to php5-tidy-5.2.12

===>>> Proceed? y/n [y]

Thank you very much for this feature and your ongoing work on the 

One little idea to next improvement (and next work for you ;])
There can be some configuration variable / env. variable to control the 
situation when "proceed" question will be asked:
1] always
2] only if something new will be installed
3] never

And one more question - how hard (for you / portmaster) is to monitor 
changes of dependencies before/after upgrade of some port? It can be 
useful if portmaster can report dependencies which will not be needed 
after upgrade (as part of the final report = after "The following 
actions were performed" list)

Miroslav Lachman

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