upgrading installed ports: time to do it ?

Chris Whitehouse cwhiteh at onetel.com
Thu Jun 25 19:20:15 UTC 2009

RW wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Jun 2009 22:21:21 +0100
> Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh at onetel.com> wrote:
>> RW wrote:
>>> On Mon, 22 Jun 2009 20:58:41 +0100
>>> Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh at onetel.com> wrote:
>>>> I'll probably get flamed for this but since I've been using 
>>>> ports-mgmt/portmanager I've almost forgotten
>>>> about /usr/ports/UPDATING and all that pkgdb -Fu stuff or whatever
>>>> it was. I've upgraded ports just by doing 'portmanager -u' over
>>>> one or two quite major changes and not had any problems that
>>>> haven't been down to an individual ports.
>>> You still need to read UPDATING, portmanager handles some of the
>>> issues automatically, but not all.
>> Not trolling but can you give me some examples?
> Many of of the entries aren't solely to do with guiding
> portmaster/portupgrade through the upgrade, they may also involve
> migrating configuration or user data, or performing other
> administrative tasks.
> Portmanger does cope with most of the "portupgrade -o"  and
> "portupgrade -r" entries, although sometime it will need to be run (or
> rerun) in pristine-mode. 

just curious, do you know this because you know how they all work or 
have you tried them. And how does portmaster fit in? Does it use the 
same 'leaf-nodes first' algorithm as portmanager?

> However, it doesn't always work correctly when software has been
> repackaged because this can create temporary unrecorded conflicts
> which are difficult for any tool to deal with. If you see any
> instructions to remove packages before upgrading, it's prudent to follow
> them. 

Thanks, I'll pay more attention. Maybe I got lucky in the past.


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