from the new-releases dept.
3.3 is coming down to us pretty soon and it's time to start thinking about upgrading. This can be a somewhat time consuming process if you have a lot of custom changes and tweaks or if you haven't upgraded in a while. Two tools may be useful here (in addition to mergemaster, in ports).
The first is Nikolan Sturm's
port update tool
. Currently no clean way exists to magically upgrade a port and its dependencies in the ports tree, handling other packages that change, as well. Nikolay's experimental tool works pretty well for most situations, and may be worth looking at for your system.
Another tool that does this job is
. Leandro, the main author of the software, has just released version 0.14, which has several improvements over the last major release, 0.7.1.
As you move closer to 3.3, you may want to start looking at these tools to help you upgrade your system more smoothly.