yet another pkgng vs. ports management question

Patrick Lamaiziere patfbsd at
Mon Apr 7 13:42:03 UTC 2014

Le Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:38:37 -0700,
David Newman <dnewman at> a écrit :


> I have recently taken over sysadmin chores for a FreeBSD 9.2 system
> that runs ports installed with some combination of default and
> non-default options.
> I don't know which ports have non-default options set. The person who
> set up the system is not available.
> For purposes of keeping the system up-to-date, which option is best:
> - just run 'pkg update && pkg upgrade'
> - just update the ports tree and run 'portmaster -aD'
> - some combination of pkg and portmaster
> - something else

I would make a copy of the options (/var/db/ports/* and may
be /etc/make.conf) into a poudriere repository and then build the needed
packages with poudriere.


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