Messy ports, how to clean them up?

Andy Greenwood greenwood.andy at
Fri Jan 26 13:09:23 UTC 2007

On 1/26/07, Philip Hallstrom <freebsd at> wrote:
> > Well,
> > I use portsnap and portupgrade on a regular basis and therefore I could
> > watch very often the rebuild of ports - a nice and neat thing of FreeBSD.
> >
> > Bit sometimes I or someone else installs ports an they install
> > dependencies and then he/she or I decide to kill/delete a specific port,
> > but very often dependencies remains on the system and doing this
> > deletion a couple of times will end in some 'zombie' remains of ports.
> >
> > Is there a way cleaning up automatically a messy ports collection? Like
> > portupgrade does, only the opposite way, not rebuilding/reinstalling a
> > rebuilt/upgraded port, looking for stale ports never used anymore by
> > another port?
> >
> > Thanks a lot in advance,
> > Oliver
> >
> > P.S. I'm not very familiar with the complexicity of the pkgtoolset and
> > ports collection, sorry.

I prefer portmanager -slid.

> I've always used pkg_rmleaves... pops up a nice little dialog listing all
> the ports that aren't required by any other ports... check the ones you
> want to get rid of...  on my non-serious boxes I tend to check anything I
> don't recognize and/or things I know I want gone.
> Then it repeats the process with any new ports that are no longer required
> due to anything you just removed.
> Seems to work pretty well for me...
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