Cronjob Cvsup -> What?

Thomas Mueller mueller6724 at
Sun Jan 27 13:22:09 UTC 2013

"W. D." <WD at> writes:

> According to:


> Cvsup is deprecated.  If I have a Cron entry like:

> #-----------------------------------------------------------------
> #Min   Hr    DOM   Mnth  DOW   Command

> #   At 3:46 in the morning, everyday, as root, update the ports tree:
> 46     3     *     *     *     /usr/local/bin/cvsup   -h  /usr/share/examples/cvsup/ports-supfile
> #-----------------------------------------------------------------

> What should I use: freebsd-update, Subversion, portsnap, or what?

> What would be the best Cron command to keep ports updated on a daily
> basis?

Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at> responds:

> portsnap is almost certainly the best answer for you.

> freebsd-update is for the base system, not ports.

> If you needed version control features on your ports tree (especially if
> you were regularly contributing changes to ports), getting and updating
> your tree through subversion would have some extra features you might
> want, but it doesn't sound as if that is the case for you.

> Unless you have a specific reason why portsnap doesn't fit your use
> case, it's definitely the way to go for just keeping a ports tree
> updated regularly.

I've always used "portsnap fetch update" after the initial "portsnap fetch"
and "portsnap extract".  What would be the adverse side effect of using svn


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