Reading warnings when installing multiple ports

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Mon May 11 05:52:54 UTC 2009

Kelly Jones wrote:
> I often use "make -DBATCH install" to install ports.
> Problem: many ports spew out a warning/todo message after you install
> them (eg, "you must manually create an x user" or something).
> Since ports install "recursively", I miss most of these messages.
> Can I tell ports to store these messages for me somewhere?
> Obviously, I can "make -DBATCH install > /tmp/outfile", but that'll
> log all the "install", "test", etc commands that I don't want to see:
> I just want to see the warnings at the end of each install.

portmaster will save up package messages and display them all at the
end of the session.  I believe a similar feature is planned for portupgrade
but as far as I know it hasn't been released yet.

In any case, you can redisplay the pkg-message for any installed port

   % pkg_info -Dx portname



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