[CDBUG-talk] Port management

Chuck Atkins chuck.atkins at kitware.com
Fri Jan 29 10:13:07 EST 2010

My experience with portupgrade for workstation / desktop oriented systems
has been unwieldy at best.  Doing any sort of operation repair or fix on
it's database is excruciatingly slow.  I actually like using pre-built
packages for most things and I like how portmaster combines pre-built
packages with the source-built ports.  I'm giving it a whirl for now and
we'll see how it goes.

Chuck Atkins
R&D Engineer
Kitware, Inc.
(518) 371-3971 x603

-- "Mathematicians are tools for turning coffee grounds into formulas.",
Paul Erdos

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:50 AM, Kevin McAleavey <kevinmca1 at verizon.net>wrote:

>  I've been using 8 all through the cycle, and run quite a few boxes with it
> for development. As a result of that and the need to work with gnome gui on
> it, the number of ports upgrades here can be stunning in sheer volume. I
> guess when you run console mode, it's not as bad and thus portupgrade is
> sufficient.
>  However, I run portmaster for the additional sanity it provides in doing
> literally hundreds of ports at a time. For my build machines, I install the
> system, configure it and then immediately bring the release version up to
> date with the latest on each one as it goes in. With Gnome 2.28 and all the
> flashy desktop-oriented things, portupgrade is constantly interrupting you
> as the next port's condifurations come up.
>  Portmaster is quite handy for this need - it runs through all of your
> ports once you've collected them with "portsnap fetch update" and then
> brings up all of the configuration screens for your attention at the front
> load. Once you've configured all of the ports which desire configuration,
> you can let it run from there on in until a port bombs on you.
>  Portmaster again proves handy in this regard because you can fix the issue
> or manually compile a cranky port or provide what's missing (thanks, Sun and
> Adobe) and pick right up from where you left off with portmaster -R or skip
> a cranky port for later with the -x switch naming the port to skip.
> Portmaster is poorly documented because the online man page has been absent
> for a while, but it's second nature to me now. Check out portmaster if you
> have a lot of ports to go through, otherwise the other suggestions already
> presented are quite useful as well.
>  For anyone curious as to what I'm doing, my temporary site is here:
> http://knos.yolasite.com/
> At 01:57 PM 1/28/2010, you wrote:
> >Of all the various package and port / package management tools available
> such as port{upgrade,manager,master} etc., I'm curious to see how you guys
> keep ports and packages up to date.  Care to share your methods?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
> "I took a train once, but they made me put it back" - Groucho Marx
> Kevin McAleavey - kevinmca1 at verizon.net
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