Ports question ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at hiwaay.net
Fri Aug 29 14:15:18 UTC 2014

On 08/29/14 08:45, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 29/08/2014 13:59, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> [huge snip]
>> I have been using portsnap, I just couldn't figure out how to get it to
>> tell me what ports had been updated since I last fetched (w/o fetching
>> again) ....
> It's my experience that you don't want to be told which ports have 
> been updated, as most updates are to ports you're not the slightest 
> bit interested in. There are nearly 25,000 ports according to 
> FreshPorts and I personally have only about 400 installed on my 
> desktop machine (and far fewer on my servers). That means on average 
> I'm totally uninterested in 98+% of all port updates.
> What you need to know is what *installed* ports are out of date with 
> respect to the new ports tree. That's where the 400.status-pkg 
> periodic script is useful. I update my ports tree via a crontab entry 
> at 23:00 on Fridays, and the weekly periodic script runs at 4:15 on 
> Saturday, so I get mail every Saturday morning telling me which 
> installed ports are out of date.

You are 100% correct, & I thought that was/is what I have been asking 
for/about .... For that matter, I would also like to know which 
*installed* pkgs are out of date. What is this 400.status-pkg you speak 
of ? TIA ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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