Portmaster questions (Was: Re: Using Portupgrade?)

Marcin Wisnicki mwisnicki+freebsd at gmail.com
Mon Aug 4 16:05:20 UTC 2008

On Sun, 03 Aug 2008 22:14:54 -0700, Doug Barton wrote:

> It's really not appropriate to hijack the portupgrade thread for this,
> so I'm starting a new subject. Also, please respect followups to -ports.
> Alex Goncharov wrote:
>> Don't remember everything of that sort but here are a couple of things
>> I would like to ask portmaster users' opinion and advice about:
>> 1. I see a significant difference in the time it takes to get the same
>>    information using the two tools:
> As I understand it, portupgrade uses the INDEX file to determine whether
> ports are up to date.

Actually I think it uses bdb "cache" of index (INDEX-7.db) and also lies 
about it (says "up-to-date with port" instead of "up-to-date with index").

It's not even doing a good job at it, standard pkg_version significantly 
outperforms it:

# time portversion -v | wc -l

real    0m15.027s
user    0m9.235s
sys     0m5.173s

# time pkg_version -Iv | wc -l

real    0m4.707s
user    0m3.648s
sys     0m0.798s

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