Remove "Phantom" Ports

Sriranga Veeraraghavan sriranga at
Thu Mar 10 02:45:10 UTC 2022

To keep my ports up-to-date, I normally used the following about a once a week:

$ sudo port selfupdate
$ sudo port -u upgrade outdated

to which I now plan to add:

$ sudo port reclaim

You mention running ‘port -u uninstall’ before ‘port self update’.  Is there some reason to do that instead of using the -u option when running ‘port upgrade outdated’?



> On Mar 9, 2022, at 17:56, Dave Horsfall <dave at> wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Mar 2022, Sriranga Veeraraghavan wrote:
>> I have been using MacPorts for years and never knew about this.  I just 
>> ran this on my system and it reclaimed nearly 2GB of space, which was 
>> awesome. Thank you so much for mentioning this!
> "port reclaim" is part of the "port -u uninstall / port selfupdate / port 
> upgrade outdated" sequence that you should be running on a regular basis 
> to keep your MacPorts clean and shiny; I do them weekly.
> -- Dave

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