How to update ports for portmaster?

Ben Brink tekbasse at
Fri Jun 28 01:21:22 UTC 2019

Thank you. I read the manual and refer to it first, which is why I'm asking. Context is often implied in the manuals, which I'm very good at missing.
This is on an image published by freebsd.
The "bug" report explains exactly the symptoms and circumstances I'm dealing with. The report concludes that the ports tree needs updated, subsequently, that is my working diagnosis and prognosis.

 Apparently there's enough of ports on the image that installing portmaster via make install worked.
The status of the ports tree on a new image published by is not clear to me. I must have missed the document that explains it or misunderstood where it is stated.
Thank you again for taking the time to respond with information about what I should be doing to rebuild, update, or install ports..
   On Thursday, June 27, 2019, 4:54:00 PM PDT, RW via freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions at> wrote:  
 On Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:16:48 -0400
Lowell Gilbert wrote:

> > I've also tried:
> > portsnap update
> > # but it complains that I need to portsnap extract also.. And yet, I
> > don't want to create voluminous storage.. and have two ports
> > management systems in use.  
> Well, portsnap update doesn't update your ports tree. Only the extract
> step does that.

Just to be clear, 'portsnap update' does update your ports tree if the
tree has previously been initialized with a 'portsnap extract'.
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