Finish upgrading remote server without physically being there?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Wed Mar 2 22:55:14 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 05:20:33PM +0100, Damien Fleuriot wrote:
> > 2.) How do I rebuild the ports?
> > 
> Either you rebuild them by hand, one after another...

It kind of depends what kind of upgrade you are doing. When upgrading to
another minor version (say from 8.1 to 8.2) no port rebuilds are necessary.

When upgrading to another major version (e.g. from 7.x to 8.x) rebuilding all
ports is usually necessary since there can be incompatible changes in
e.g. system calls or libraries. The best way to to this is to make a list of
all installed ports (e.g. with 'portmaster -L' or 'ls /var/db/pkg/'), delete
all ports and re-install them. This is the only way to be _sure_ that all
ports are rebuilt correctly. Using e.g. portmaster, portmanager or portupgrade
for this can lead to problems later (upgrades failing for obscure reasons).

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