Forcing port reinstalls without rebuilding over and over again

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Wed Dec 12 19:55:16 UTC 2018

--On December 12, 2018 at 11:49:00 AM -0700 Gary Aitken 
<freebsd at> wrote:

> On 12/12/18 1:07 AM, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>> Is there a way, using portmaster, to force the rebuild of all ports
>> without rebuilding the same ports over and over and over again?
>> I've noticed that using portmaster -f forces the rebuild of every
>> dependency. I think I've now rebuild perl and python at least 20 or
>> 30 times. Once should be enough. I guess if you're going to rebuild
>> everything, it would be ok to ignore dependencies for ports, since
>> they're all going to be rebuilt anyway.
>> What's the magic potion for that?
> If I understand the question, use the -R option.
> I typically rebuild ports using:
>    portmaster --no-term-title -R categoryA/portA categoryB/portB
> I have not tried using -af, but I'm guessing the effect would be what you
> want.

The recommendation in the Handbook for updating over major versions using 
freebsd-update is to update all ports and then run freebsd-update install 
one last time.

I tried portmaster -Rafd, but I'm still seeing perl and python being 
rebuilt repeatedly, and with some ports, a long list of dependencies are 
being built. It sure seems the -R option should do the trick, especially 
because the man page specifically states that, but it doesn't seem to be 
working that way.

"-R  used with the -r or -f options to skip ports updated on a previous 
run. When used with -r it will also prevent the rebuild of the parent port 
if it, and all of its dependencies are up to date."

Paul Schmehl, Retired
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