portupgrade - skipping -held by user- meaning?

Sahil Tandon sahil at tandon.net
Mon Jan 1 15:36:11 PST 2007

Vizion wrote:

> What does it mean when the message
> ---> skipping [portname] because it is held by user (specify -f to force)

Does said port appear in the HOLD_PKGS array within pkgtools.conf?  From
that file:

   # HOLD_PKGS: array
   # This is a list of ports you don't want portupgrade(1) to upgrade,
   # portversion(1) to suggest upgrading, or pkgdb(1) to fix.
   # You can use wildcards ("ports glob" and "pkgname glob").
   # -f/--force with each command will override the held status.

> and when & why should -f be specify?

When you want to force the upgrade of a package even though you've 
"held" it in pkgtools.conf.

Sahil Tandon <sahil at tandon.net>

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