Updating the ports collection

Olivier Nicole Olivier.Nicole at cs.ait.ac.th
Wed Oct 7 00:51:40 UTC 2009

Hi Chris,

> The FreeBSD handbook section 4.5.1 describes several methods for 
> obtaining the ports collection including CVSup, Portsnap, and sysinstall.
> Section 4.5.1 also describes how to update the ports collection, but 
> only for the CVSup and Portsnap methods.
> Q1: How do I update the ports collection after using sysinstall to 
> obtain it?

I cannot speak for postsnap, but for cvsup:

- you re-run sysinstall and install cvsup from the CD

- or, since you installed the port tree, you go to
  /usr/ports/net/cvsup-without-gui and you make, make install, make

> Q2: Is this explained in the handbook?  If so, where?

Some may correct me, but I use a file that contains:

*default tag=.
*default host=cvsup2.jp.FreeBSD.org
*default base=/var/db
*default prefix=/usr
*default release=cvs
*default delete use-rel-suffix
*default compress

You may change the default host accordingly.

Then I use the command cvsup <name_of_that_file>



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