Updating Ports

Gerard gerard at seibercom.net
Thu Oct 18 15:18:46 PDT 2007

On October 18, 2007 at 12:16PM Peter Clark wrote:

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> Now that I have reread what I wrote, it seems a bit unclear. I have not 
> used either service before. Seeing as I am looking at using this in 
> production server environment I would not look at frequently making 
> changes as one might in a desktop application. I am looking for an 
> elegant way to update ports when  it is required to. Are there more 
> concerns about one updater over the other? Maybe this is a moot point. 
> If you installed a port with some additional config args can you either 
> supply them the upgrade program or can it be reread from the previous 
> install somehow? I really am just trying to find a relatively simple way 
> to make sure that a port gets upgraded and that I do not lose any of it 
> dependencies in the process.

I have used both without any major problems. I usually run portupgrade to do
normal port upgrading; however, every so often, I run 'portmanager -u -p -l'
which seems to catch a lot of discrepancies in the builds and corrects them.
Other than that, both programs seem to work quite well. If you use portmanager,
do use the '-l' switch to force a log file. It comes in handy if something
goes wrong.


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