remove all ports

Yuri Pankov yuri.pankov at
Sun May 8 12:38:00 UTC 2011

On Sun, May 08, 2011 at 05:05:19AM -0700, Dino Vliet wrote:
> Hi freebsd people,
> just to make sure I don't end up with a unworkable system I want to
> ask the list if I'm on the right track.
> I have this workstation running FreeBSD 8.1 and have used it as an
> application/database server for most of the last 2 years. Do to my
> assignment being finished I want to rearrange stuff, without going
> to a re-install as everything has been setup to my liking (gmirror
> etc etc).
> Over time a few ports  were installed, for which I have no use now.
> I figured out the alternatives I have are:
> A) remove all ports Except the ones I would like to keep

Try using ports-mgmt/pkg_cutleaves (with the recursive option).

> B) remove all ports and then
>  reinstall the ports that I would like to keep
> What are the commands for option A en B (assuming bash, weka,
> postgresql*, screen, gawk, rsync, jdk would have to stay?)
> For option A I tried pkg_deinstall -r xorg-minimal-7.5.1 but only
> that port got removed and not the ports I found after I did
> pkg_info -r xorg-minimal-7.5.1


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