Versions in ports

Artur Szostak aszostak at
Mon Sep 14 07:49:22 PDT 2015

Then why not protect all other upgrade operations with a -f | --force flag, except when upgrading everything? It seems much too easy at the moment to perform an upgrade operation that has a good chance of leading to an inconsistent state.

From: Brandon Allbery [allbery.b at]
Sent: 14 September 2015 16:32
To: Artur Szostak
Cc: Macports Users ‎[macports-users at lists.macosforge
Subject: Re: Versions in ports

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM, Artur Szostak <aszostak at<mailto:aszostak at>> wrote:
To me, it feels like the MacPorts documentation is misleading the end user to believe that upgrading/downgrading individual packages is a routine and safe procedure, when my experience tells me otherwise. Can anyone point me to the reason behind these design decisions?

I suspect you are reading experience with something like yum or apt-get into a ports-based system. MacPorts gets most of its behavior from BSD ports/pkgsrc, and the documentation tends to assume that you are familiar with that.

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