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I've recently started using portmaster for upgrading my FreeBSD ports. It seems to work quite well, and it's well documented—so well that it takes a bit of reading to find out what to do. Here are a couple of short cuts for what I use. They may change, and of course it'll be without notice.

Updating all ports:

portmaster -Gabw --no-confirm

The flags mean:

Updating a single port:

portmaster -Gbw --no-confirm portname

The flags mean:

I still need to find a way to stop it rebuilding the port if it doesn't need changing.

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