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February 6, 2008

RSS Feed for FreeBSD /usr/ports/UPDATING

Filed under: Operating Systems — Tags: , — Greg Larkin @ 10:44 am

Hi everyone,

Since I’ve transitioned to FreeBSD, one thing I haven’t done regularly is keep track of the /usr/ports/UPDATING file. This file contains important information about incompatible changes to ports that could cause a port upgrade to break or yield unexpected results. Therefore, it’s important to check it before running a wholesale upgrade on a production server.

I’ve been using Awasu as my desktop RSS reader, and every time I find something I want to keep track of without having to remember to do so, I look for an RSS feed. The contents of the UPDATING file seem a natural fit for delivery as an RSS feed, but a few Google searches yielded no results.

Finally, I went straight to the freebsd-ports mailing list archive, and simply searched for “rss”. Lo and behold, Alex Kapranoff set up a feed back in 2005:

The feed URL is, for anyone who’s interested. Thanks Alex!

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Greg, LLC


  1. It appears this feed has not been updated since 2008.

    Comment by daveNo Gravatar — June 4, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  2. Right you are! The link checker here only ensures that the site responds, but not when the last update occurred, so I missed that.

    I’ll have to set up a process here to generate a new feed RSS feed (possibly hosted on or come up with some other method for publicizing /usr/ports/UPDATING changes from within the ports infrastructure. There have been a lot of questions posted on freebsd-questions lately that could be have solved by reading the notes first.

    Thank you,

    Comment by Greg LarkinNo Gravatar — June 4, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  3. JFYI, I have working feeds on

    Comment by Alexander KojevnikovNo Gravatar — September 25, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  4. Hi Alexander,

    Thanks very much for that, and I tweeted about it the other day, too: The feed will be very helpful for the FreeBSD community!


    Comment by Greg LarkinNo Gravatar — September 29, 2010 @ 10:07 am

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