Slight problem with make actual-package-depends with ports

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Wed Jul 18 07:44:26 UTC 2007

Antony Mawer wrote:
> On 18/07/2007 10:46 AM, Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
>> I appreciate that most people won't have this problem, but it has 
>> bitten me.
>> After you have made and installed a port, but don't clean it, and 
>> then made a bunch of other ports, if you go back to the original port 
>> and then do "make package", then +CONTENTS can be a bit messed up for 
>> the package.  This is because the creation of other ports might 
>> disturb _LIB_RUN_DEPENDS and might put in some extra entries in 
>> This happens to me because I make all my ports on one machine and 
>> then copy them as packages to other machines.  Then on the other 
>> machines, the structure of /var/db/pkg gets a bit messed up and 
>> pkg_delete -r malfunctions.
>> It seems to me that the cure is to slightly change "make 
>> actual-package-depends" so that if the port is already installed, it 
>> just uses +CONTENTS.
> I can't comment on the particular approach taken in your patch, but 
> can certainly attest to experiencing the same problem and it being 
> frustrating to identify what was going on. It was only after much 
> hair-pulling that I discovered that doing a 'make clean' at the 
> appropriate time before package building fixed the problem.
> Otherwise I was winding up with plenty of seemingly OK packages that 
> were missing critical files (in this instance, various PHP5 extension 
> ports that were "installing" but missing the actual .so files!)
> --Antony

    Installing ports registers them on the machine as packages, by 
simulating a package install via stdin. Was that forgotten?

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