How to know which version of an apps available in various FreeBSD release?

Freddie Cash fjwcash at
Wed Jun 2 17:07:24 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM, Jason <jhelfman at> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 02:36:13PM +0000, Janne Snabb thus spake:
>> On Sat, 29 May 2010, Tao Wang wrote:
>>  I'm doing a survey about the availablilty of some packages in different
>>> platform, including FreeBSD release. I want to know whether the package
>>> is
>>> existed in the specific FreeBSD release, and which version it is?
>> One suggestion: use csup to fetch ports-all and specify different
>> releases as your tag in your supfile. Then you can do whatever you
>> like with the different versions of the ports tree that you have
>> fetched.
> It is my understanding that you can't fetch different versions of the ports
> tree via csup based on release tags, but I could be mistaken.

You can, but the tags have a different format from the source tags.

Ports tags for releases are along the lines of RELEASE_X_Y_Z_SOMETHING (it's
a big long string) or FREEBSD_X_Y_Z_RELEASE or something like that.  They're
not advertised, but they are there.

Freddie Cash
fjwcash at

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