Will 10.3 clobber my ports area?

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 03:43:28 UTC 2016

On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 3 Oct 2016, Kevin Oberman wrote:
> > The ports will not be touched, but some will not run on 10.3 because of
> > ABI changes in some shareable libraries. Most of the base system uses
> > versioned symbols, so will work fine, but some, usually contributed
> > code, don't. Ports that use them will need to be re-installed/rebuilt.
> [...]
> Many thanks; I'm a bit nervous, as this is my only FreeBSD server :-)
> I know I'm going to have trouble with the ports area anyway, because I
> seem to have corrupted it somehow (during the switch between pkg* etc),
> and I cannot seem to reload it from the CD (disc1).  Is there a way to
> fetch the entire ports tree online?
> Oh, this is for Joseph Mingrove: my mail log shows a message from you
> (relayed via FreeBSD.org) but there's nothing in my mailbox about it (and
> it certainly wasn't rejected).  I guess I accidentally deleted it, so
> could you please send it again?
> --
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will
> suffer."

Of course. You can use portsnap(8) to do this. See 4.5 - Using the Ports
for details. It's quite trivial. This also will give you the latest
versions of all ports.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
E-mail: rkoberman at gmail.com
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