Inconsistent list of inactive ports with "port list inactive" command

Eric A. Borisch eborisch at
Wed Apr 7 09:44:05 PDT 2010

Perhaps 'port echo inactive' is what you are looking for?

>From the manpage:
     Writes to stdout the arguments passed to port.  This follows the
expansion of pseudo-portnames, portname glob patterns, pseudo-portname
     selectors and the evaluation of port expressions.  echo may be
used to determine the exact set of ports to which a given string of
     arguments will expand, without performing any further operations
on them. For example:

     If no argument is given, display a list of the latest version of
all available ports.  If portname(s) are given as arguments, display a
     list of the latest version of each port.

note especially that list shows "the latest version of each port'

Hope that helps!

On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Marko Käning <mk-lists at> wrote:
>> If there is a bug, it's that the commands are somewhat confusing.
> Yep, they are.
>> the output of 'port list inactive' is correct (although not very useful) if you understand the port command syntax.
> You can say that again: "not very useful"! :)
> Where is the point to list the inactive versions using said command and you still get the installed version?!
> I do NOT understand why the port command does it this way. It renders this command useless if you want to get a list of inactive installs.
> But well, I guess one simply has to accept and use the workaround. :)
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