portmaster -af fails due to dead port - HELP

William F. Dudley Jr. wfdudley at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 20:53:28 UTC 2015

Thanks to everybody for their help.

I am now much further along in my upgrade, which was complicated by the 
fact that
this is a running server, and I didn't want to interrupt the users more 
than a little
bit, so "delete all the ports, install all the packages" was less than 
ideal for me.
(And this is just barely above "hobby level" stuff, so I don't have the 
luxury of
building up a new machine and cutting over to it after it's ready.  The 
upgrade has
to be done in place.)

I have found that I can replace the old ports with packages a little bit 
at a time,
thus minimizing the outages.

The various bits of help with commands has been invaluable to me, and 
though I might
have eventually figured this all out on my own, your help has greatly 
sped the process.

I may sound like I'm some kind of noob, but in reality I've been running 
FreeBSD since very
early on (pre-2000), but always as a "hobby", since being sysadmin 
wasn't my day job.
So I've upgraded FreeBSD over many, many versions.  And historically, 
upgrading the ports
was always a giant pain in the neck.  Now, it seems, the binary package 
management is finally
working, and once I get all these legacy port builds out of the way, 
upgrades should be
much simpler in the future.

Again, thanks to all who responded.

Bill Dudley

On 07/03/2015 03:58 PM, kpneal at pobox.com wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 03, 2015 at 09:59:10AM -0500, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
>> In the future, you might consider working with the people from whom you
>> expect help rather than throwing a fit and disparaging their hard work.
> Whoah there.
> Everybody gets frustrated sometimes. Me, I've got a new IPv6 setup that
> I'm having a hard time with. But the correct response is for the people
> around the frustrated person to understand the frustration and just let
> it go -- without comment.
> Let's hope our frustrated user goes the binary package route and has an
> easy time of it.

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