FreeBSD binary package upgrades

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Say you're doing something strange.. like updating from 6.4-RELEASE to 6.4-RELEASE-p3.. maybe you're even
using freebsd-update(8).. awkward, eh?

Well, say you want to also update your ports, but you just got away without rebuilding kernel/userland and
would like to do the same for ports.. not possible you say? -- neat trick follows:

 # export PKG_SITES=""
 # portupgrade -arRP

 (Now its time to listen to some music or have breakfast..)

This will, in theory, fetch any binary packages it can from $PACKAGESITE (adjust to your needs), while also
opting to build them from ports (so make sure you update it.. via portsnap(8)?) if a binary copy can't be

Failing the above; I had some success editing '/usr/local/etc/pkgtools.conf' and adding the following to the
'PKG_SITES' array:

 sprintf('', OS_MAJOR),

Don't ask why it needs two '/'s, it isn't obvious to me, either.

Good luck, this seems somehow not very well documented.

Jontow 03:12, 9 April 2009 (EDT)