Advice sought on Portmaster -Faf and deleted ports

Scott Ballantyne sdb at
Tue Oct 15 00:12:14 UTC 2013

On Mon, 14 oct 2013, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Oct 2013, Scott Ballantyne wrote:
> >>
> >> What errors, exactly?
> >
> > Well, for example:
> >
> > portmaster -Faf
> > it starts to fetch a bunch of files
> > it finds a port which has been deleted, such as
> > linux-base-fc4
> > and it says, "linux-base-fc4" has been deleted.
> > terminating
> > terminating
> > terminating
> > etc.
> That's correct.  linux_base-fc4 is long gone (years), replaced by 
> linux_base-f10.  portmaster sees no way to upgrade that port, so 
> evidently it quits.

I understand why portmaster quits that port. It does seem like a bit
of over-kill to quit updating ALL ports because one is long
gone. Seems like it could do the others.

> If you have ports that far out of date, the upgrade process is going to 
> be long.  Ports where the system does not know the replacement will have 
> to be handled manually.

Actually, the last time I updated my ports was when I installed 9.0,
and I used the portmaster 'nuke all ports' method I was trying to
day. Since then, several dozen ports of been 'deleted' or 'renamed',
not just the linux_base-fc4. Seems in the case of ports which have
been renamed or replaced, this could in fact be simply automated in
most cases.

sdb at

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