some languages are more equal that others ?

Stanislav Sedov ssedov at
Mon Sep 18 06:21:47 PDT 2006

On Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:45:13 +0400
Sergei Vyshenski <svysh at> mentioned:

> Dear port experts,
> Being a maintainer of the port security/p5-openxpki, 
> I have got a message from the robot of Mark Linimon, which 
> marked my port "broken" because my pkg-plist has lines:
> @dirrmtry share/locale/de_DE/LC_MESSAGES
> @dirrmtry share/locale/de_DE
> @dirrmtry share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES
> @dirrmtry share/locale/en_GB
> Robot was not happy with my attempt to erase _empty_ directories 
> related to en_GB language during deinstalling of the port :
> === Checking filesystem state
> list of files present before this port was installed but missing after it was deinstalled)
> ./usr/local/share/locale/en_GB missing
> ./usr/local/share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES missing
> ================================================================
> build of /usr/ports/security/p5-openxpki ended at Fri Sep  8 01:31:16 UTC 2006
> But it was ok with the robot to erase directories related to de_DE language.
> Could you please let me know policy of FreeBSD about respecting different language settings.

You should dirrm(try) all files/directories not listed in MTREE_FILE (this
might be bsd.local.dist or bsd.x11.dist - check `make -V MTREE_FILE` output).

You should not delete any directories not created by you.

> Also. Do you think it is a good idea to let a robot mark ports "broken" because of non technical issue, but rather because of poorly defined political issue?

It's very important for ports to be plist-clean (i.e. deinstall all
files it creates and don't make damage to filesystem), as much efforts
was payed to keep entire ports collection plist-clean. Some ports
may fail because they might rely on e.g. en_GB existent.

Stanislav Sedov         MBSD labs, Inc.         <ssedov at>
Россия, Москва

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