FreeBSD needs fresh Blood!

Warren Block wblock at
Tue Mar 8 17:06:10 UTC 2011

On Tue, 8 Mar 2011, Michel Talon wrote:

> Warren Block writes:
>> portmaster -L | filterfu:  43.6
>> pkg_version -vl'<':        30.5
>> portversion -vl'<':         3.6
>> portmaster -L --index-only: 2.5
> I don't have the same experience by far:
> on a jail i have:
> .....
> ===>>> 68 total installed ports
>        ===>>> 61 have new versions available
> portmaster -L --index-only  0.76s user 1.65s system 6% cpu 38.871 total
> So it takes 38s on a *very small* installation.

The times are relative, of course, and mine are not from a jail.  If 
there's a new index file, it will be downloaded and that is entirely 
dependent on bandwidth.  For comparison, on a little system here with 
only 71 ports, the --index-only version takes 4.7 seconds when a new 
index is retrieved, and 1.2 seconds alone.

> My experience is that all FreeBSD ports tools are incredibly slow, be 
> it portupgrade, portmaster, even the basic tools like pkg_version. 
> Maybe it would help to recognize that such observations are perhaps 
> not unrelated to the original poster comments.

I don't understand what you mean by that last sentence.  OP was talking 
about the difficulty of using or merging alternate ports trees, AFAIR. 
Sorry about the topic drift; we can start a new thread if appropriate.

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