NOPORTDOCS leftovers in news/newsstar (was: cvs commit: ports/news/newsstar Makefile)

Matthias Andree mandree at
Wed Dec 8 13:52:15 UTC 2010

Am 08.12.2010 13:21, schrieb QAT at
> The Restless Daemon identified a mtree error while trying to build:
>  newsstar-1.5.4 maintained by ports at
>  Makefile ident: $FreeBSD: ports/news/newsstar/Makefile,v 1.21 2010/12/07 13:04:38 mandree Exp $
> Excerpt from :


> Deleting newsstar-1.5.4
> ================================================================
> === Checking filesystem state
> list of extra files and directories in / (not present before this port was installed but present after it was deinstalled)
> 49506471        4 drwxr-xr-x    2 root             wheel                 512 Dec  8 12:21 usr/local/share/doc/newsstar
> 49506472       16 -rw-r--r--    1 root             wheel                6926 Dec  8 12:21 usr/local/share/doc/newsstar/index.html


> 49506495        8 -rw-r--r--    1 root             wheel                2158 Dec  8 12:21 usr/local/share/doc/newsstar/NEWS
> ================================================================
> build of /usr/ports/news/newsstar ended at Wed Dec  8 12:21:04 UTC 2010

Sorry for the mess -- I wonder why my "sudo env NOPORTDOCS=1 port test" missed
to find that.  My Tinderbox builds run without NOPORTDOCS, so they wouldn't

Given this was a long-standing issue that should have affected previous newsstar
versions too (assuming that my HAS_CONFIGURE -> GNU_CONFIGURE change hasn't
broken things), "port test" may have been blind because there were previous
leftovers from my fixing 1.5.3 before upgrading to 1.5.4.  Before I start
longish testing: has anyone seen such things happen before (i. e. port test
missing "extra" files?)

Sergei, could "port test" explicitly probe if $DOCSDIR is present and/or
nonempty (something equivalent to checking if there is output from "find
$DOCSDIR \! -type d"), in addition to the mtree checks?

Any insights?

So,  I've fixed that in ports CVS, however should we deal with the leftovers?

I can fancy the following:

1.  assume few people grabbed the broken 1.5.4 AND installed NORPORTDOCS,
    i.e. don't care and let users deal with that on the next major FreeBSD
    upgrade when they're advised to purge $PREFIX and rebuild all ports.

2a. add a message displayed after NOPORTDOCS builds if a ${DOCSDIR} leftover
    from 1.5.4 is present so that the user can deal with it

2b. ditto, but delete ${DOCSDIR} instead of telling user to do so

3. add a message to ports/UPDATING (seems overkill)



Best regards

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