The future of portmaster

Adam Weinberger adamw at
Tue May 30 14:00:21 UTC 2017

> On 30 May, 2017, at 7:51, Anton Shterenlikht <mexas at> wrote:
>> when portmaster have gone away?
> What? WHAT?
> portmaster going away???
> I hope not
> Anton

The ports tree continues to evolve. Major new features are planned and in the process of being implemented. These changes will break all the port-building tools.

poudriere and synth are actively developed, so they will quickly support the new changes. portmaster and portupgrade are no longer being actively developed, so it is anticipated that they will stop working until somebody fixes them (if at all).

So no, portmaster isn't going away. But, there's no guarantee that it will keep working. We strongly, strongly advise everyone to use poudriere or synth to build their ports, and then plain old "pkg upgrade" to handle updates.

The vast majority of problems reported on this mailing list exist only in portmaster/portupgrade, because they do not do clean builds. At this point, portmaster should only be used by people with enough ports development experience to understand and mitigate conflicts and various build errors.

# Adam

Adam Weinberger
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