Hello, I like to keep my ports up-to-date and to that end I have portversion generate a nice list of outdated packages on my systems, the idea being that when I am satisfied, I do a portupgrade and upgrade them all en masse.
This is not without problems occasionally though. In the past I've been bitten by postfix upgrades where the various new postfix binaries on disk are incompatible with the old running copies and mail is corrupted. I also have to remember every time that upgrading the mysql40-server port will actually stop mysqld at the end, without starting it again. Kind of annoying when I have apps connected to the database long term that will cry loudly when it goes away. At first, I was thinking the answer would be to use the parts of pkgtools.conf for executing various commands pre- and post-installation to make sure things are done properly. But then it came to me that this won't always work for something like postfix: multiple programs being called by daemons and having a short life, at some point an old daemon is going to call a new peer program and their protocols won't agree, boom, corrupted mail again. Maybe the solution is to just always be careful about what is going to be upgraded and do the tricky ones manually at the best time. On the other hand, is there maybe a simple way to tell portupgrade *never* to upgrade specific ports unless they are forced or specified singly? What I mean is, say I did "portversion -vL =" and it shows me that I have 20 packages that could be upgraded, one of them being mail/postfix. I'm itching to do this: sudo portupgrade -aRv which would upgrade the lot, but I can't because I know that upgrading databases/mysql40-server will shut down my perfectly running mysqld. So my choices become: - come up with a portupgrade command that excludes mysql - put off all upgrades until I have had chance to do mysql by itself I would like to be able to tell portupgrade *never* to upgrade ports like databases/mysql40-server and mail/postfix when I do "portupgrade -aRv" and instead wait for me to specifically do: sudo portupgrade -f databases/mysql40-server Is this possible? What do other people do about this? Yes I realise that being over-zealous with upgrades can be time-consuming, pointless, and detrimental to reliability. This is for personal play stuff, honest. :) -- http://freebsdwiki.org/ - Encrypted mail welcome - keyid 0xBF15490B "SCSI is usually fixed by remembering that it needs three terminations: One at each end of the chain. And the goat." -- Andrew McDonald, HantsLUG
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