amd64/163285: when installing gnome2-lite not all dependent packages are installed

Paul eb30750 at
Wed Dec 14 15:40:11 UTC 2011

>Number:         163285
>Category:       amd64
>Synopsis:       when installing gnome2-lite not all dependent packages are installed
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-amd64
>State:          open
>Class:          update
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Dec 14 15:40:11 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Paul
>Release:        9.0-RC3
FreeBSD BRSINC-VM02.local 9.0-RC3 FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 #0: Sun Dec  4 08:56:36 UTC 2011     root at  amd64

When upgrading I delete all packages then upgrade followed by installing one pacakage; pkg_add gnome2-lite -r.  This installs many dependent packages but it does not install xorg nor gdm.  This has been the case since 7.1 and it was again when I upgraded from 8.2 to 9.0-RC3 earlier this week.  

I do not use FreeBSD on a regular basis though I would like too.  Therefore, at each update I am a little rusty in getting my system back to where it was before the upgrade.  This time I did remember that it was necessary install pkg_add xorg -r but the first time around I forgot about gdm.  Thus my system would not launch gnome.  Maybe all the dependencies for gnome2 works but not for gnome2-lite.

If all the dependencies worked as they should then upgrading is a six step process to restore the new OS and desktop with no time required to debug.

pkg_delete -a
freebsd-update upgrade -r 9.0-RC3
freebsd-update install
pkg_add gnome2-lite -r
shutdown -r now
freebsd-update install

>From there I do add some other packages such as Firefox, etc.  It was also necessary to manually install portsupgrade as well.
Every upgrade that I have performed since 7.1


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