Status of portupgrade and portmaster?

Matt Smith matt.xtaz at
Fri Sep 29 18:34:53 UTC 2017

On Sep 29 20:23, Kurt Jaeger wrote:
>> What is one officially supposed to use to build and upgrade
>> packages from source?
>I doubt that we already have a 'official' consensus, but
>buildung using poudriere, while expensive from the
>hardware resource point of view, looks to me as the most stable
>way to do it.

I agree. Portmaster was useful for many years but these days it is being 
left behind. The expectation is that ports are built in a clean room 
environment and portmaster does not provide that. I used synth for 
several months and it is a great tool. It works fine, but my problem 
with it is that the developer was forced out of FreeBSD and it needs an 
ada compiler.

I think on FreeBSD 12 the ada compiler is broken isn’t it? Meaning synth 
will break. For this reason I switched to poudriere and that works fine 
for me. As that is the tool used by the pkg builders themselves I know 
it will work.

For example we are shortly getting flavors support in the ports tree. I 
think the author of synth has already said he is not going to support 
this whereas poudriere will straight away.


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