The ports collection has some serious issues

Matt Smith matt.xtaz at
Thu Dec 8 08:59:31 UTC 2016

On Dec 08 05:16, Daniil Berendeev wrote:
>Although portmaster is not releated to the FreeBSD project and is an
>outside tool, there aren't any alternatives from the project itself. So
>use it or die. Not a nice situation.

People have been trying to get portmaster deprecated and removed from 
the handbook but have met with resistance. It's pretty much unmaintained 
and because it acts on a live system can mess up as it has no idea if a 
port needs recompiling because a dependency changed ABI etc.

The recommended replacements are ports-mgmt/synth and 
ports-mgmt/poudriere. These build an entire package repository that the 
pkg tool can use but they do so in clean chrooted environments, and 
rebuild everything that's required to keep a consistent ABI. Synth is 
more designed for a single live system like a desktop or a single 
server, whereas poudriere is what the freebsd package build clusters use 
and is more designed for that type of usage. Worth taking a look.

It's a shame the handbook hasn't been updated to give this information.


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