How to run massive portmaster update without repeated interruptions?

David Wolfskill david at
Sat Oct 27 02:29:15 UTC 2012

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:21:51PM -0400, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> When updating many ports with portmaster, I get frequent interruptions with a prompt such as
> ===>>> Delete gstreamer-0.10.35.tar.bz2? y/n [n]
> How do I avoid this inefficiency?  I don't see any way to say "yes, and please don't ask again!"
> ....

From portmaster(8):

     -D  no cleaning of distfiles

     -d  always clean distfiles

In the case in question, I suggest "-D", as portmaster may offer to
delete distfiles for similar, but different, ports.  You can always
delete unwanted distfiles separately.

There may be other ways, as well.

David H. Wolfskill				david at
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