7.2-STABLE to 8-R

Charlie Kester corky1951 at comcast.net
Tue Nov 24 21:18:54 UTC 2009

On Tue 24 Nov 2009 at 13:09:48 PST Roland Smith wrote:
>On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 05:40:25PM +0000, John wrote:
>> Regarding ports, I think I'll take the long route. This box is my main
>> machine, my desktop - and so there are a LOT of ports installed. It will
>> be easier to make portmanager rebuild everything in pristine mode. It
>> will take a long time, but I accept this. Before this is done, I run the
>> built-in routines in /usr/ports - clean out */work/* and distfiles.
>I would _strongly_ advise you to make a list of all your current ports, e.g. with
>'portmaster -L >ports.list', deleting all ports and re-installing the ports
>labeled as 'leaf ports' and 'root ports' in ports.list.
>While portmaster/-manager do their best, they just cannot cover all the corner
>cases, especially since some ports require extra action (e.g. perl!) There is
>a good chance you'll end up with a big mess like binaries linked to both 7.x
>and 8.x libraries or ports failing to build for mysterious reasons. Both have
>happened to me in the past and are a major PITA to fix.
>I've done the complete delete/reinstall run a couple of times now on my
>desktop with ???490 ports installed.

Can someone remind me once again, when rebuilding all of my ports, what
is the trick for avoiding the options dialogs?  I'd like to have this
run largely unattended. I seem to recall someone describing a method to
go through all of them upfront, rather than having the build process
interrupted each time a port wants that input.

I know that portupgrade has a batch build option, but unless I'm
mistaken, that skips any ports that need interaction to build.

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