[RFC/HEADSUP] portmaster default -w (preserve shared libraries)

Chris Rees utisoft at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 16:21:33 UTC 2012

On 11 Dec 2012 15:55, "Bryan Drewery" <bdrewery at freebsd.org> wrote:
> (As maintainer) I'm proposing to make -w the default for portmaster.
> This will preserve old shared libraries when upgrading. This helps 2
> 1. Prevents a broken system during upgrades
> 2. Prevents a broken system after upgrading for ports that did not get a
> PORTREVISION bump from a shared library update.
> You have certainly ran into this problem with large library updates such
> as png, pcre, openssl, etc.
> Portupgrade has always done this as default, and I have never seen any
> problems arise from it. It also cleans up prevents duplicated library
> versions. If portmaster is not already doing this, I will ensure it does.
> You could then use pkg_libchk to rebuild any lingering ports if you
> wanted to ensure your system was using the latest. Then cleanout the
> preserved shared library.
> Of course there will be a way to stick to the old default of not
> preserving the libraries.

Yes, this is a great idea.


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