Problems with +CONTENTS being messed up by pkg_delete -f

Randy Pratt bsd-unix at
Thu Jul 19 01:44:27 UTC 2007

On Wed, 18 Jul 2007 15:56:49 -0500 (CDT)
Stephen Montgomery-Smith <stephen at> wrote:

> If you "pkg_delete -f" a package and then install the port again (but 
> after it has been bumped up a version), then the +CONTENTS of ports that 
> require the original port will be incorrect.  This apparently messes up 
> programs like portmanager.  There is a sense in which one should never do 
> "pkg_delete -f" and expect /var/db/pkg to keep its integrety - on the 
> other hand this is exactly what "make deinstall" does.
> My feeling is that the integrety of /var/db/pkg should be maintained 
> across a "make deinstall" and subsequent "make install" of a bumped 
> version of the port.
> This is my suggestion.  When a "pkg_delete -f" is executed, it looks 
> through +REQUIRED_BY of the port it is going to delete, and modifies the 
> +CONTENTS file of each of them, replacing lines like
> @pkgdep xineramaproto-1.1.2
> @comment DEPORIGIN:x11/xineramaproto
> to maybe something like
> @comment DELDEPORIGIN:x11/xineramaproto
> ("deleted dependency origin").  A subsequent "make install" of 
> x11/xineramaproto should look through the +CONTENTS of all entries in
> /var/db/pkg and change these lines to something like
> @pkgdep xineramaproto-1.1.3
> @comment DEPORIGIN:x11/xineramaproto
> A further benefit of this approach is that one could also accurately 
> reconstruct the +REQUIRED_BY of the port just reinstalled - right now this 
> is left empty and thus inaccurate.
> What do you guys think?  I know I could write the code for this quite 
> quickly, but I want some feedback before I work on it.

I've not read this thread in detail but I think "pkgdb -L" could be
of use in this situation.  It will check and restore lost dependencies
against the ports tree.  It has worked for me on several occasions.

As far as package set creation for distribution on my systems, I use
the "pkg_create -b" instead of "make package".  I have only used "make
package" to check a port that is being created for local use (as per
Porters Handbook).

Just ignore me if I've misunderstood the thread ;-)


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