Updating the ports tree in FreeBSD 8

After you have installed your system, you will no doubt want to update your ports tree regularly.

To do this, edit/create a file called /root/bsdports which contains the following:

*default tag=.
*default host=cvsup2.us.freebsd.org
*default prefix=/usr
*default release=cvs delete use-rel-suffix compress

ports-all

You should change the host “cvsup2.us.freebsd.org” to be one of your local mirrors.  You can see a list of mirrors at http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html#CVSUP-MIRRORS

Now to update your ports tree, type:

csup /root/bsdports

This takes quite a while, and will report any files it is updating as it goes.  Once it completes, your ports tree will be up to date.

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