On Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:32:47AM +0530, Manish Jain wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using portmaster on FreeBSD-7.2 to keep my ports up to date. When 
> there are multiple ports to be updated, portmaster will fork off child 
> processes. Does each child start 'make fetch' in the background ?

The fetches are not done in parallel.

> I ask 
> this because the parent process attached to the console reports very low 
> data transfer rates (in the range of 0.7 to 4.0 kBps, while normally I 
> get 30 to 35 kBps).

This is not enough data to ascertain there is a problem with fetch.
If you are fetching from a busy site, or via a busy upstream channel it
can be slow.

> Further, how can portmaster be tuned to automatically ignore ports which 
> are actually marked as IGNORE in the port directory ?

touch /var/db/pkg/<name_of_port>/+IGNOREME

> This is not covered in the manpage.

It is. Look in the FILES section of portmaster(8).
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