How to stop ports recompiling gcc, llvm, etc.?

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Tue Jun 13 18:09:47 UTC 2017

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM, Rastko P <lylecorman at> wrote:

> Nope, none of those, funny as it may sound, I was going by the
> "Handbook" and tried to use "portmaster", as it reported some
> upgradeable 'ports'.
> However, that was the first  time I launched portmaster, and it was
> weird, because it kept prompting me to delete newer versions of software
> than that which had been built by the portmaster session, to which I
> replied 'oh, no [n]o', which was the default.
> But in the end, it seems to have not installed anything (?!). Why did it
> pull in all those dependencies? Where are the binaries?
> On 13.06.2017 17:54, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> > Rastko P <lylecorman at> writes:
> >
> >> I have a fresh 11-RELEASE dist. I am 'bootstrapping' the environment.
> >>
> >> I am in the process of building mail/thunderbird-52.1.1, because the
> >> binary doesn't have support for Lightning calendar extension.
> >>
> >> Yesterday, a documentation port build pulled in a lot of dependencies,
> >> including GCC, LLVM, and a lot of others. 6+ hours of compile-time.
> >>
> >> After it finished I immediately issued a 'df' cmd, and lo-and-behold,
> >> not more than 1GB was taken by the build process. Now that you've
> >> mentioned it, pkg says GCC or LLVM are not to be found installed. I am
> >> missing something huge here.
> > Are you using synth, or poudriere? A normal port build would leave those
> > things installed if it needed them at build time.

What command are you using? Specifically, what options are you using with
portmaster? Are you installing from /usr/ports? Installing into /usr/local?

Clearly, something odd is going on. While building llvm is big, I don't
have to do it very often. Only when the port, itself, is updated. Anything
in you environment that might be unexpected?

When you run portmaster, you should get a list of ports to be installed and
a request for confirmation that you want to proceed. Are you seeing this?
Or, is the build of the port triggering the rebuild of the compiler.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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