gemeral questions (noobish)

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Sun Aug 3 06:06:45 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2 Aug 2008 22:35:40 +0200
mcassar <marshc187 at> wrote:

> so most of you _do_ use or prefer csup/cvsup more than portsnap, right? 

Welcome! :)

yes and no :P I like portsnap. faster.

For my ports, i run this script ( ~/bin/

sudo portsnap fetch && sudo portsnap update
( sudo is the port security/sudo and it allows for fine grained control
root-access to certain commands only )

There are 2 ports that will help you with management of your ports/packages -
ports-mgmt/portupgrade and ports-mgmt/portmaster ( which
means /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/portupgrade/ , etc... )  - they can tell you what
needs updating,etc (can't remember if it is in the handbook...)

Anyway, for my src tree:
1) my /etc/make.conf has :
SUPFLAGS=-g -L 2 -P m

the NO_PORTSUPDATE=true is so the std supfile doesn't pull in ports too. (maybe
i don't need it anymore, but it really doesn't break anything).

The /usr/local/etc/standard-supfile is :

*default base=/var/db
*default prefix=/usr

## next line can have a date to peg src tree to a particular date : date=2007.
*default release=cvs tag=RELENG_7 

*default delete use-rel-suffix

*default compress

and to update, 
cd /usr/src && sudo make update

Mind you, I am tracking STABLE. and use this because i have a custom kernel
(just because i can :P ). For those of my machines which use GENERIC,i just use
freebsd-update as explained by Giorgios already.

Any issues, just shoot more emails :)

Have fun!
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