xdm config files overwritten after upgrading Xfree86-clients from ports

Heinrich Rebehn rebehn at ant.uni-bremen.de
Fri Sep 5 04:45:06 PDT 2003

Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 12:59:38PM +0200, Heinrich Rebehn wrote:
>>Hi lists,
>>I upgraded Xfree86-clients from ports using portupgrade today and noticed 
>>that xdm was no longer working afterwards.
>>After some searching i found that the config files in 
>>/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm had been overwritten.
>>Since i had a similar problem with another port the other day, i want to 
>>- Is this expected behaviour?
>>- Should i manually inspect my config files after each portupgrade?
>>- Or is this just a bug in XFree86-clients (and possibly some other ports)?
>>Luckily, my changes to the config files were only minor, so i did not have 
>>to restore them from tape :-)
>>Anyway it's annoying..
> Yes, I've been bitten by this in the past.  In theory you can avoid
> re-installing the xdm config files by:
>     % make install InstallXdmConfig=NO
> or by adding that variable to the MAKE_ARGS array in
> /usr/local/etc/pkgtools.conf is you're a portupgrade(1) user.
> However, I just keep a backup copy of the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm
> directory handy:
>     # cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/
>     # rsync -avx --delete xdm/ xdm.bak/
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew

Ok, this would help for xdm. I wonder however, how many other packages are out 
there with similar behaviour and what other directories i should have a copy of 

Or, to put it this way: I would like a port/package system that i can rely on :-)

- Heinrich

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