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Old 5th February 2010
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Default Problem with portmaster

Hello folks

I downloaded a new porstree with csup. Now I would like to update all ports with portmaster. I used "portsmaster -a" command. But I always get errors at licurl, python etc so that portmaster cannot proceed.
Is there any option that portmaster builds from source and if it fail it tries to use packages?
I know there are options to use packages with portmaster but not all software that I need to upgrade is avaliable as package.
I would like to run portmaster for a night to build all new ports.
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Old 6th February 2010
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Anything in /usr/ports/UPDATING about those ports? Or any ports that you have installed?

I've never understood the reasoning for using -a. It's much better, IMO, to do things in small batches, and to only update things that you need.

A good starting place is the output of pkg_version -vl '<' as that lists only those ports that have updates available.

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Old 7th February 2010
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Hi Freddie

I figured out what was wrong. I had forgot to set systemclock, so portmaster clouldnt compile portsource without systemclock. Now portmaster compiles and builds without error messages. No need for packages.
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