Ports Collection

Neil Hoggarth njh at kernighan.demon.co.uk
Wed Aug 21 00:47:39 BST 2002

On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, Jonathan Dean wrote:

> I'm fairly new to FreeBSD. If I've installed a program from the ports
> collection and i want to update it (for security patches etc) can i just
> download the new ports collection and do 'make', 'make install' again?

I think you need to de-install the existing package before installing the
updated one. This can get irksome when other installed packages have
run-time dependencies on the package that you want to upgrade.

I say "I think" 'cos I don't bother meddling with that sort of thing
manually any more: see /usr/ports/sysutils/portupgrade for a really nifty
set of utilities which help with this sort of thing.



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