The truth about net-im/ymessenger
lane at joeandlane.com
Wed Nov 22 20:20:35 PST 2006
On Wednesday 22 November 2006 22:06, Eric P. Scott wrote:
> It's been deprecated under somewhat false pretenses. :-)
> The current port is set to IGNORE, claiming [it] "is a dynamically
> linked binary linked to old version of gtkhtml no longer in ports."
> PR# 91491 alleged "The Yahoo! messenger port doesn't work on
> FreeBSD-4.11," and submitted what I consider a bad patch:
> deliberately breaking things for FreeBSD 4.x users by "upgrading"
> to a 5.x build, without providing appropriate conditionals for
> 4.x users. That was a mistake...
> It turns out that on a FreeBSD 4.11 machine, updated to
> 4.11-SECURITY, with the latest ports and packages installed, the
> "old" ymessenger port (20020902) is still "good." There's just a
> small "gotcha."
> It seems, somewhere along the line, a couple of shared libraries
> were renamed. This typically merits a fairly inconspicuous
> mention in /usr/ports/UPDATING, instructing users to relink
> everything affected. Of course, that's not exactly helpful
> advice when you're dealing with a binary port. It turns out a
> simple libmap.conf file is all it took to bring a "dead" FreeBSD
> 4.5(?) executable back to life:
> # /etc/libmap.conf
> # candidate mapping
> libgdk12.so.2 libgdk-12.so.2
> libglib12.so.3 libglib-12.so.3
> libgmodule12.so.3 libgmodule-12.so.3
> libgtk12.so.2 libgtk-12.so.2
> The only reason this port should be allowed to die is there's
> an unfortunate bug in this version: your friends will always
> appear to be offline. It's fixed in 126.96.36.199--which was only
> released for Linux. While net-im/linux-ymessenger has a few
> "rough edges," it works well enough to be usable.
> The next time someone claims a port should be marked BROKEN
> merely because something "doesn't work" (or doesn't compile on
> 4.x), apply a little skepticism. It's often due to something
> fairly trivial. The Porter's Handbook doesn't adequately address
> this, but there are some important and extremely relevant notes
> in the FreeBSD Wiki.
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Great information. Thanks for researching that!
Ugh! I have struggled with /etc/libmap.conf!
In defense of the original responder to the original PR, (not so much that a
defense is required ... just for further information, is all ...), according
to "man libmap.conf" (on a 5.4 machine),
"The libmap.conf manual page and libmap functionality first appeared in
Probably the porter didn't take another look at it after seeing that 5.X
offered a solution to his problem.
Just a guess.
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