pkg/ports question

Ben Woods woodsb02 at
Sat May 16 23:39:54 UTC 2015

On Sunday, May 17, 2015, William A. Mahaffey III <wam at> wrote:

> On 05/16/15 13:22, Ardie H. Hwang wrote:
>> Postmaster is for easy mass upgrading ports member softwares, not for
>> updating ports tree itself.
>> Try `portsnap fetch update` first, then issue `portmaster -L` again.
>> --
>> Ardie H. Hwang
>> ----------------
>> email:iam at
>> mobile: +82-10-I-AM-ARDIE
> That's my point of misunderstanding, I thought my args to portmaster would
> check the remote repos for updates & report on them, man page seems to
> indicate that ....

No, as Ardie wrote, portmaster checks for updates of software in the ports
tree local to your computer, it is up to the user to ensure the ports tree
is updated before using portmaster.

However, when portmaster is instructed to use packages (with -P or any of
the --packages options), then it will get the latest package builds from
the remote package repository (regardless of your local ports tree).

Hope that helps clarify it. More information on how to update your ports
tree is available here:



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