Distinguishing between deactivated ports than I want to keep and outdated port I no longer care about

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Tue Feb 23 12:38:00 PST 2016

On Feb 23, 2016, at 1:43 PM, Mojca Miklavec wrote:

> I often deactivate certain "heavy" ports where I want to play with
> different versions or variants. Sometimes I deactivate clang 3.8 when
> I don't feel like waiting for the long recompilation of the latest and
> greatest new version (that will be outdated again in a few days
> anyway) or when a newer version no longer works/compiles. Sometimes I
> deactivate universal ports. Those are generally the ports I want to
> keep for some time.
> But I would like to save space and uninstall other ports that I don't
> particularly care about (which have been superseded by newer
> versions).
> Is there any way to flag a certain set of inactive ports that I
> specifically want to keep even after "sudo port uninstall inactive
> [and somethingelse]"?

The way to flag a port as wanted is:

sudo port setrequested name-of-port

The way to flag a port as not wanted is:

sudo port unsetrequested name-of-port


sudo port setunrequested name-of-port

Then you can use the "requested" and "unrequested" pseudoports when selecting ports:

sudo port uninstall inactive and unrequested

This would apply to all variants and versions of a given port name, however. There is no provision for, for example, marking the non-universal version of a port requested while marking the universal version of that same port as unrequested.

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