Problems with icu - 3.8

Dominic Fandrey kamikaze at
Mon Feb 18 11:09:19 UTC 2008

Yoshihiro Ota wrote:
> On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 14:23:37 -0700
> James <oscartheduck at> wrote:
>> On Sun, 2008-02-17 at 21:14 +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA256
>>> Atanas Gendov wrote:
>>>> Greetings to all from FreeBSD Ports!!! :)
>>>> I have some problems with icu - 3.8. After portupgrade of icu and some
>>>> others packages I can't start Gnome. Because of Gnome needs module from icu
>>>> - 3.6. Unfortunately there is no new port for gdm which doesn't have depends
>>>> on icu-3.6.
>>> Lots of people are getting bitten by the effects of the bump in the
>>> libicu* shlib ABI version numbers -- there really should be a note
>>> in UPDATING about it.  It affects all sorts of different packages --
>>> I've even got one system where it took out OpenLDAP.
>> Do you know who to ask for the note? I was bitten by it, but fortunately there
>> had just been a large thread in questions@ about it. It does seem to be a 
>> common issue.
>> James
> Why are so many people are bitten by this?  Is that the jobs of port-upgrading
> tool to safe copy these libraries to compat so that all programs using
> the old libraries works?
> Hiro

I detest this method of keeping programs working. It causes potentially 
vulnerable libraries to remain in use. I much prefer to run pkg_libchk -R 
(sysutils/bsdadminscripts) and rebuild the ports it lists as broken due to 
the change.

I already advertised this solution in another thread about the icu problem 
on this list.

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