Cleaning Ports Tree

Dewayne Geraghty dewayne at
Thu Apr 15 21:08:21 UTC 2021

On 16/04/2021 6:37 am, Tim Daneliuk via freebsd-questions wrote:
> I am aware that one can do this to clean the ports tree:
>   cd /usr/ports
>   make clean
> However, this is very slow.  Is there any reason not to do this instead:
>   find  /usr/ports -type d -name work -exec -vrf {} \;
> This second approach is much, much (much) faster, I just want to make
> sure I am not creating nasty side-effects thereby.
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I've done a similar thing since 2003 without ill effects.  For
completeness I also have (in make.conf):

WRKDIRPREFIX=/var/ports # when I perform a rebuild, I simply delete the
DISTDIR=/distfiles # so all the distfiles are in one place
PACKAGES=/packages # same for the outputs.

It also allows the use of multiple devices.

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