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Date:      Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:38:32 +0000
From:      Matthew Seaman <>
Subject:   Re: When Is The Ports Tree Going To Be Updated?
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On 26/11/2012 15:13, Michael Powell wrote:
> As a result of the security incident I switched away from csup and am now 
> using portsnap for ports, and svn for source. The only disconcerting item I 
> noticed is the 500-some MB .svn directory now under /usr/src/.

SVN keeps a 2nd pristine copy of everything you check out in that .svn
directory.  It's necessary when you use it for development work, but
otherwise, as you say, a waste of space.

> Can using freebsd-update for source update(s) eliminate the need for this 
> 500MB waste of space? Or is there some switch for svn which could accomplish 
> same?

freebsd-update will have some overhead -- it downloads changesets to
somewhere under /var before expanding them onto the system.  I haven't
measured how much this amounts to compared to SVN, but I'd assume if you
limit yourself to updating just the system sources with freebsd-update
then it should use up less space than using SVN.  Normally
freebsd-update would have updates to compiled programs as well, which
could move the goalposts significantly.



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