port upgrading

Mike Clarke jmc-freebsd2 at milibyte.co.uk
Mon Sep 27 09:31:18 UTC 2010

On Sunday 26 September 2010, Roland Smith wrote:

> If you are upgrading to another major version of FreeBSD (say 7.x to
> 8.x), make a list of all used ports with `portmaster -l >ports.list`.
> Then delete all ports before updating the system. After the update,
> re-install the 'root' and 'leaf' ports from ports.list.

A more convenient approach is to run 'portmaster --list-origins' which 
produces a list of root and leaf ports which you can feed back into 
portmaster when reinstalling the ports, all the other dependencies 
should sort themselves out. There is a good description of this in the 
final example near the bottom of the portmaster man page.

Mike Clarke

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