portmaster with no run arguments.

Doug Barton dougb at FreeBSD.org
Sat Sep 11 00:35:04 UTC 2010

On 9/10/2010 2:35 PM, jhell wrote:
> Hi Doug,
> 	Just thought I would write you about an unexpected output from
> portmaster to get your opinion. I just ran 'portmaster' alone without
> any arguments to get the list of "--help". Surprising enough to me it
> searched for a null port and output the following.
> ===>>>  No valid installed port, or port directory given
> ===>>>  Try portmaster --help
> Would it be wise if portmaster was run with no arguments that it just
> output the '--help' by default ?.

That's what it used to do, but the list is way too long now to be 
meaningful. The current output tells the user why it errored out, and 
gives the recommendation on where to look for more information, which I 
think is quite reasonable.

Thanks for your interest,



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