Portupgrade used to be fun!!!

RW fbsd06 at mlists.homeunix.com
Sat Oct 27 09:56:48 PDT 2007

On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 10:38:39 -0500
Chris <racerx at makeworld.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 00:12:49 -0400
> "E. J. Cerejo" <ecerejo at optonline.net> wrote:
> > Not anymore!  Every time I cvsup my ports tree and I see all of
> > those ports that need to be updated my belly aches and that's
> > because portupgrade doesn't work the way it used to work.  It is
> > not fun any more!  Always an issue, either a port conflicts with
> > another port or it fails all together.  I have forgotten the last
> > time I updated my ports without any issues.  Today scrollkeeper is
> > conflicting with rarian, they install files on the same directory.
> > Go figure.  Those were the days when it used to work.
> This is one of the main reasons users are having a serious look at
> Linux distros like Fedora or some Debian-ish  ones.
> I have used (and still do) both flavors of the above and I have to
> tell y, updating the installed apps is as easy as apt-get update ot
> yum update/upgrade.

Of course it is, that's because someone has already done the work,
equivalent to what's in UPDATING, when the packages were built. If you
want to build from source you have to do it yourself. 

> I used to love spending my Friday nights updating my FreeBSD ports -
> then, as you are finding out - it's just getting tedious.

Sounds like rose-tinted glasses to me. Upgrading Gnome used to involve
running an script in single-user mode, and by the admission of the
authors, even that wasn't reliable. UPDATING is no more complex now
than it was in the past, less so if anything.  

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