port [-vd] [-D portdir] livecheck
     [[portname | pseudo-portname | port-expressions | port-url]]


port livecheck checks whether a newer version of a given port is available upstream. It (usually) does that by automatically downloading a web page and applying a regular expression that extracts a version number. If the version number is different from the one the port packages, a message is printed.

port livecheck is useful for maintainers that want to check whether new versions of their ports are available so they can be updated. It can also be used by users that encounter a problem, because updating to the latest upstream version is generally one of the first steps in case of an error or when encountering a bug.


Please see the section GLOBAL OPTIONS in the port(1) man page for a description of global port options.


Print a message if the port is up to date.


Print debugging information such as the regular expression and all matches.



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