Date Ports Installed or Install Log
richard at blueapex.co.uk
Sun Sep 4 11:10:12 UTC 2011
On 04/09/2011 12:02, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 04/09/2011 11:05, Richard Collyer wrote:
>> I was trying to get CUPS working last night and installed
>> gutenprint-cups but the make failed half way through - managed to get
>> the printer working without it so no longer need it. As a result its
>> installed a fair number of packaged (mostly X11 related) that I don't
>> need on this headless server so I'd like to tidy them up.
>> Is there a way of finding out what date/order ports have been installed
>> or is the output that is sent over ssh logged anywhere so I can trace
>> back and find out what packages I need to nerf.
> Look at the file modification times in the directories under /var/db/pkg
> -- that will tell you the last time the port was updated or installed.
> Note: you can't rely on the modification time of the port directory
> itself. Tools like portmaster(1) will create additional files within
> the directory, which affects that timestamp. An example -- choosing one
> of my installed ports pretty much arbitrarily:
> lucid-nonsense:/var/db/pkg:% ls -la postgresql-client-9.0.4_1/
> total 107
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 29 Jun 11 23:22 +COMMENT
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 112912 Jul 9 10:23 +CONTENTS
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 1282 Jun 11 23:22 +DESC
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 831 Jun 11 23:22 +DISPLAY
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 17550 Jun 11 23:22 +MTREE_DIRS
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 771 Sep 3 09:19 +REQUIRED_BY
> drwxr-xr-x 2 root wheel 8 Sep 3 09:19 ./
> drwxr-xr-x 377 root wheel 377 Sep 3 09:22 ../
> You can see that there are 3 different dates here:
> Sept 3rd at 09:19 -- this is the last time I ran portmaster to
> update my ports. Note that its the +REQUIRED_BY file that
> has been updated. One of the ports that requires
> postgresql-client was updated then.
> Jul 11 at 23:22 -- most of the files were modified at this
> time, and it is in fact when I last updated postgresql-client
> on that machine.
> Jul 9 at 10:23 -- +CONTENTS is a few days older than the other
> files. This is because I installed postgresql-client from a
> package I'd built in a separate jail a slightly earlier. This
> is the date the package was built.
> Therefore, in order to see the packages installed during your abortive
> attempt to deal with gutenprint-cups, try:
> # cd /usr/ports/packages
> # ls -lrt */+COMMENT
> That will list all your installed ports in order of the last time they
> were updated, most recent ones last. You should be able to identify the
> appropriate date range and work from there.
Thanks Matthew you are a star.
Just incase anyone else reads this for a solution I think the cd
/usr/ports/packages line near the bottom was a typo and should have been
/var/db/pkg which confused me for a while as I wasn't getting any
packages listed using the first dir.
Many thanks for the help,
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