Status of portupgrade and portmaster?

Carmel NY carmel_ny at
Fri Sep 29 09:38:39 UTC 2017

On Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:02 +0000, Thomas Mueller stated:

>Excerpt from Jan Beich:
>> Why did portupgrade skip rebuilding print/harfbuzz-icu before building
>> editors/libreoffice? The dependency trees of most desktop applications
>> are so complex that the build falls apart if the upgrade tools aren't
>> robust enough e.g., ignore MOVED or PORTREVISION bumps.  
>> In short, this is a reminder portmaster/portupgrade are NOT supported.
>> Users are on their own debugging such issues.  
>What is the current status of portupgrade and portmaster?
>I haven't used portupgrade in some time, but what about portmaster?
>What is one officially supposed to use to build and upgrade packages from
>Synth, poudriere, any others?

Years ago, I was a strong supporter of "portmanager". It just worked when
others failed. They when its support wained, I started using "portupgrade". I
tried "portmaster", but it just failed way to often for my tastes.
However, after updating to FreeBSD-11, I have used "synth" exclusively. It is
fast, through and hasn't failed me yet. It took me a while to understand all
of its nuances, like how to use a "make.conf" file with it; however, it was
worth it. I would highly recommend it.


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