uninstalling ports

Alejandro Aragon alejandro.aragon at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 12:31:05 PDT 2009

Thank you guys for the quick response. Doing 'sudo port  -f -u  
uninstall' suggested by Erwan I went down from 12.2Gb to 9.1Gb. The  
distfiles are about 353Mb. I've been thinking however, that probably  
the best way to do this is to remove macports and start from scratch.  
I'm thinking about this because I installed many ports in the past  
that I basically don't need anymore, and other times I uninstalled  
others but dependencies remained and so on. The only thing that  
bothers me is that it will take again about 2 hours to compile the GCC  

Any ideas?

Alejandro Aragón

On Apr 30, 2009, at 12:12 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> On Apr 30, 2009, at 09:11, Alejandro Aragon wrote:
>> I need to free up some space and now I see that the /opt folder has  
>> 12.2GB used. After invoking 'sudo port installed', I see that there  
>> are way too many ports that are installed but not active, so I  
>> thought that I may uninstall them. Instead of going one by one  
>> (because there are too many), is there a way to uninstall all  
>> inactive ports?
> In addition to uninstalling inactive ports, you may want to clean  
> out your distfiles. There will be many distfiles for old versions of  
> ports which you don't need anymore, and you don't even need the  
> current versions anymore, since you've already installed the ports.  
> To see how much space the distfiles are occupying, try running
> cd /opt/local/var/macports
> du -sh distfiles
> You can clean it up by simply removing everything in the directory  
> (though don't delete the directory itself):
> cd /opt/local/var/macports
> sudo rm -rf distfiles/*

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