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Date:      Fri, 28 May 2021 08:12:32 -0400
From:      Lowell Gilbert <>
To:        Jerry <>
Cc:        User questions <>
Subject:   Re: Updating /usr/ports
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> ('s message of "Fri, 28 May 2021 06:45:25 -0400")
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Jerry <> writes:

> On Thu, 27 May 2021 17:01:52 -0700, Kevin Oberman stated:
>>If you are trying to replace portsnap, I think the answer is net/gitup.
>>This only requires a single command,  "gitup ports", and you get your
>>index updated along with updating all ports. I believe that the plan
>>is to put gitup into the base system fairly soon. I have not looked at
>>whether 14-current has gitup, yet.
>>And, yes, it looks like the handbook needs some work as gitup is not
>>yet even mentioned. Like portsnap, gitup is for people who want to
>>maintain an up to date ports tree, but not good for developers. They
>>do need to use git and either generate the index or fetch it.
> If "gitup" can fetch the "index" file, why can "git" not also
> accomplish that feat? Is it a technical reason?

The index file isn't in the repository.

Not sure if you'd call that a "technical" reason, but "gitup" has a
number of bits of FreeBSD-specific knowledge.

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