Downgrading Ports

General Information

Using the ports tree to install applications is one of the most common ways to install softare. chaussure timberland pas cher nike air max tn However, what if you updated a port to the latest version and it turns out to break things? How do you downgrade to a previous version if your ports tree is up-to-date? This is where the portdowngrade utility comes in handy.


  1. Local root access on the box or be able to su to root.
  2. A SSH client such as puTTy or SecureCRT (if you are setting it up remotely).
  3. Ports! If you don’t have ports installed, you can install it with /stand/sysinstall


Installation is pretty straight forward with the configuration of a default cvs server.

Note: For a list of available cvs servers to use see this section of the handbook. ugg australia classic bns gold
 # cd /usr/ports/sysutils/portdowngrade # make DEFAULT_CVS_SERVER="" install clean 


The way portdowngrade works is it logs into the default cvs server (or one that is defined with the -s flag) and processes the commit notes. nike air max 95 Adidas Soldes It then displays the results of the previous versions for you to choose from and then updates the ports tree with that information (only for the selected port).

For this example, say you upgraded to php 5.2.0 and found that some of your php applications no longer work properly. avis bottes ugg Now you want to downgrade to the latest 5.1.x version. The first step is to tell portdowngrade(1) to pull the results for php5.

Note: If you only specify php5 as the port name, you will be presented with a list of all ports that contain php5 in the name. new balance mrl996
 # portdowngrade lang/php5 portdowngrade 0.6 by Heiner Eichmann Please note, that nothing is changed in the ports tree unless it is explicitly permitted in step 6! Seeking port lang/php5 ... Found several matches: 1: lang/php5 2: lang/php5-extensions Please choose one: 1 

Choose which port you want to downgrade. nike air max 1 In this case, choose 1. adidas hamburg Now it will log into the cvs server and present you with available versions to update the ports tree with.

 Downgrading port: lang/php5 Step 1: Checking out port from CVS repository CVS root directory: The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established. DSA key fingerprint is 4d:59:19:7b:ea:9b:76:0b:ca:ee:da:26:e2:3a:83:b8. chaussures nike femme 2017 Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added '' (DSA) to the list of known hosts. adidas zx flux belgique Step 2: Reading the port history from the CVS repository Step 3: Analyzing the port history from the CVS repository Step 4: Load port version numbers and present results Keys:  : next page d : details p : previous page  : leave presentation and downdgrade if wanted =============================================================================== number date portversion comment 1 2006/11/12 19:43:12 5.2.0 Update suhosin patch to release. 2 2006/11/06 17:43:10 5.2.0 Update to 5.2.0 release.  nike requin 3 2006/10/27 19:11:17 5.1.6 Update suhosin patch to 0.9.6 release. bottes ugg pour homme 4 2006/10/16 09:30:58 5.1.6 - fix open_basedir vulnerability in php4 and php5 [1] 5 2006/10/06 17:24:21 5.1.6 Enable suhosin patch by default. adidas pas cher asics gel lyte v nike air max 90 6 2006/10/05 20:59:17 5.1.6 Added safety checks against integer overflow. 7 2006/09/29 19:11:40 5.1.6 Update suhosin patch to 0.9.5 release. ugg noir 8 2006/09/10 16:37:43 5.1.6 Add support for QDBM. 9 2006/09/09 12:35:33 5.1.6 Update suhosin patch to 0.9.3 release. ugg soldes 10 2006/09/04 07:59:15 5.1.6 - Add experimental suhosin protection system support 11 2006/08/31 14:37:05 5.1.6 Update to 5.1.6 release. 12 2006/08/18 16:41:29 5.1.5 Update to 5.1.5. nike tn 13 2006/08/18 16:40:18 5.1.4 Allow php5-ldap to be built with SASL support enabled. 14 2006/07/11 13:21:54 5.1.4 Add databases/php5-oci8: 15 2006/05/23 06:19:19 5.1.4 Try to fix build on 4.X. adidas gazelle femme new balance 2017 16 2006/05/18 22:17:32 5.1.4 - Holy Batman! Chase rerolled distfile. louboutin chaussures Only chance is an addition of a file 17 2006/05/10 14:46:43 5.1.4 Chase gmp library and bump PORTREVISION. Total lines: 152. new balance homme Command: 

Once you are prompted for a command, you can hit enter to choose which commit to downgrade to or you can hit space to view the next list of choices. adidas superstar chaussure timberland homme Since 5.1.6 is in this first list we’ll hit enter.

You are now prompted to type the corresponding number to the version you want to be in the ports tree.

 Enter version number to change port to (0: exit): 3 

From here you will get to confirm your choice.

 Step 5: Checking out choosen date of the port from the CVS repository Step 6: Modifying the port Port: lang/php5 at : 2006/10/27 19:11:17 Type 'yes' to bring the port to the state of the date above or 'no' to exit without changing anything. adidas stan smith Pas Cher Adidas Soldes Note, that this only changes the port, not the installed software! yes or no:yes 

Once you have confirmed, lang/php5 is now at version 5.1.6 and ready for you to actually downgrade your port. nike air max 2016 It is first recommended to run the following command to make sure we see the changes in the ports tree:

 # portsdb -Uu 

After that is complete, it’s time to downgrade the actual port. Since we are downgrading php5, we want to make sure all of the extensions are downgraded as well. asics basket For that we can use the wildcard *.

 # portupgrade -f php5* 

Once the portupgrade process finishes, your port is now downgraded.

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