Do I need /var/db/portsnap/distfiles and /usr/port/distfiles?

RW rwmaillists at
Thu Feb 16 21:44:02 UTC 2017

On Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:32:17 +1100 (EST)
Dave Horsfall wrote:

> There is only the one FreeBSD box in my stable, hence I don't need to 
> build packages for others.  

It's to to do with whether you use ports, rather than if you build
package for other boxes. 

> It's a somewhat minimalist box (all I can 
> afford), and I'd like to recover some space.  Can I just delete their 
> contents?
> aneurin# du -sk /usr/ports/distfiles /var/db/portsnap/files 
> 965198	/usr/ports/distfiles

This is a cache, so you can delete it, or trim it with distclean
(installed with portupgrade), or portmaster. 

> 106594	/var/db/portsnap/files

If you don't use portsnap then you can delete everything
under /var/db/portsnap. Don't delete these files if you do.

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