Ports question ....

Jungle Boogie jungleboogie0 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 22:40:10 UTC 2014

Dear William,
From: William A. Mahaffey III <wam at hiwaay.net>
Sent:  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:12:11 -0500
To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Ports question ....
> On 08/28/14 15:31, Andrew Berg wrote:
>> On 2014.08.28 15:16, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>>> I think that is what I am asking .... To be more precise, how often
>>> should I check to see if it is updated, weekly, monthly, other .... I
>>> guess that is the nub of the question ....
>> The ports tree is updated whenever someone makes a commit to update/fix a port,
>> or to update/fix the ports infrastructure. Given its size, this means frequency
>> is on the order of minutes. Portsnap and Subversion will both list any changes
>> you pull in when you update your copy.
>> http://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports/head/?sortby=date#dirlist
> Is there a way to get the list of changes since I last pulled it down w/o
> actually doing the download ? That way, if nothing I needed was upgraded, I
> could spend the time elsewhere ....

So you want to know what changes occurred without actually getting anything?
As I explained, updating your ports directory doesn't actually update your
installed applications. So I recommend following the link that Andrew provided.

If you're concerned about time, install and use tmux[0] and just wait for
portsnap fetch update to complete.

Is there any reason you NEED to use ports? Are you setting special
configuration options? Have you tried out packages yet?


[0] http://www.bsdnow.tv/tutorials/ssh-tmux


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