How to run massive portmaster update without repeated interruptions?

Kevin Oberman kob6558 at
Sat Oct 27 16:36:01 UTC 2012

On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 7:27 AM, David J. Weller-Fahy
<dave-lists-freebsd-ports at> wrote:
> * Kevin Oberman <kob6558 at> [2012-10-27 01:44 -0400]:
>> On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM, David J. Weller-Fahy <dave-lists-freebsd-ports at> wrote:
>> I'm on the DONT_SCRUB_DISTFILES=Dopt side as the wrong files will get
>> deleted on occasion.  I suggest running 'portmaster --clean-disfiles'.
>> It is much better at picking out the files you want to delete.
> Hrm... I can't say that I've noticed.  I set that and have ignored it
> since.  I assume one would notice by having distfiles downloaded again
> the next time you needed to build the software, right?
> --
> dave [ please don't CC me ]

In general, that is right. And most distfiles are not so big as to
make downloading again a real problem, assuming a good broadband
network link. But that is not always the case. More important to me is
that distfiles will occasionally be pulled and become unfetchable. If
you need to re-build to link to a newer shareable or because of a
major OS version update or whatever, you are stuck.

Still, I'll admit that it is not generally a problem, but I have been
bitten and "once bitten, twice shy'.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
E-mail: kob6558 at

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