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PKG-UPDATE(8)           FreeBSD System Manager's Manual          PKG-UPDATE(8)

     pkg update - update the local catalogues of the enabled package

     pkg update [-fq] [-r reponame]

     pkg update [--{force,quiet}] [--repository reponame]

     pkg update is used for updating the local copy of the repository
     catalogues from the remote package repository databases.  Updates to
     catalogues are normally downloaded only when the master copy on the
     remote package repository is newer than the local copy.

     The repository catalogues to be updated are defined in the pkg.conf(5)
     file or by the entries in /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos.  See pkg.conf(5) for

     It is best practice to ensure your package repository catalogues are up
     to date before doing any package installation (via pkg-install(8)) or
     upgrades (via pkg-upgrade(8)).  However, explicitly running pkg update is
     not normally necessary.  By default invoking either of pkg install or pkg
     upgrade will cause repository catalogues to be updated automatically,
     unless disabled by setting REPO_AUTOUPDATE to false in pkg.conf(5).

   Signed repositories
     If the repository catalogue is signed and PUBKEY is defined for the
     repository, the signature will be verified after download.  See
     pkg.conf(5) for more information.

     The following options are supported by pkg update:

     -q, --quiet
            Force quiet output.

     -f, --force
            Force a full download of the repository catalogue without regard
            to the respective ages of the local and remote copies of the

     -r reponame, --repository reponame
            Download the catalogue for the named repository only.  This will
            update only the named repository, irrespective of the configured
            ``active'' status from repo.conf.

     The following environment variables affect the execution of pkg update.
     See pkg.conf(5) for further description.



     See pkg.conf(5).

     pkg_printf(3), pkg_repos(3), pkg-repository(5), pkg.conf(5), pkg(8),
     pkg-add(8), pkg-annotate(8), pkg-audit(8), pkg-autoremove(8),
     pkg-backup(8), pkg-check(8), pkg-clean(8), pkg-config(8), pkg-convert(8),
     pkg-create(8), pkg-delete(8), pkg-fetch(8), pkg-info(8), pkg-install(8),
     pkg-lock(8), pkg-query(8), pkg-register(8), pkg-repo(8), pkg-rquery(8),
     pkg-search(8), pkg-set(8), pkg-shell(8), pkg-shlib(8), pkg-ssh(8),
     pkg-stats(8), pkg-updating(8), pkg-upgrade(8), pkg-version(8),

FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4        October 30, 2014        FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4
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