[FreeBSD-Announce] HEADS UP: xorg 7.2 update in progress

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Fri May 18 22:55:06 UTC 2007

Dear FreeBSD Users,

Within the next 24 hours, the long-awaited update to the X.org 7.2
windowing system will be committed to the ports tree.  This upgrade
has been 6 months in the making and would not have been possible
without the dedicated work of Florent Thoumie <flz at FreeBSD.org>,
Dejan Lesjak <lesi at FreeBSD.org> and many others in our army of

For the past two weeks the ports tree has been frozen while our
developer community has concentrated on testing and refining the
upgrade process.  This is a major upgrade, but we have worked hard to
smooth out the road bumps that have been encountered during testing so
far.  We believe that the upgrade is now ready for general deployment,
but particularly cautious users may wish to delay their upgrades and
monitor the freebsd-ports at FreeBSD.org and freebsd-x11 at FreeBSD.org
mailing lists for discussion of remaining issues that may be
encountered by users.

Please note that it will unfortunately not be possible to perform this
update without some manual intervention.  Please refer to the
/usr/ports/UPDATING file to learn about the steps necessary, and the
changes involved.  One important aspect of the upgrade is that X.org
7.x is no longer installed in the /usr/X11R6 directory; instead it
installs in /usr/local along with the other ports.

If you are running an automatic port rebuild script from e.g. cron,
you will want to disable that.  In general we do not recommend
automatic updates because of the potential to cause unrecoverable
errors when problems are encountered.

Thank you for your patience while we have prepared this change.  The
tree will remain semi-frozen for another few days after the import
takes place while we wait for all the changes to settle out (the
duration of this freeze will depend on any problem reports we receive
from the user community).

We hope you all enjoy the new X version!

(for portmgr@)
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