How to run massive portmaster update without repeated interruptions?

Robert Backhaus robbak at
Sat Oct 27 02:32:00 UTC 2012

On 27 October 2012 12:21, Thomas Mueller <mueller6727 at> 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!"
> My /usr/local/etc/portmaster.rc is
> PM_LOG=/var/log/portm.log
> I don't remember this ever happening when I used portupgrade.
> Tom

What it is asking you is permission to delete old distfiles. You have
two options to add to your portmaster.rc:

To always remove them without asking, or

To never delete them. Your distfiles directory will quickly get
massive if you don't do something about stale distfiles.

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