Upgrading libs with many dependent ports

Volodymyr Kostyrko c.kworr at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 15:07:57 UTC 2012

Kevin Oberman wrote:
> I have just been cleaning up the mess caused by the upgrade of xcb-utils.
> On my systmes I have hundreds of ports that will be re-built by the methods
> listed in UPDATING, even though the vast majority of them are only
> dependent on other ports that are dependent on xcb-utils, but don't
> actually load any of the libraries in xcb-utils. It is a huge waste of time
> and CPU cycles.
> I think that I can see two ways of eliminating the rebuilding of ports that
> don't need it. One is rather manual but can be done now while the other
> wou;d be automatic, but would need to be written by someone who is far
> better at writing shell scripts than I.
> The manual method would be to install sysutils/bsdadminscripts and use a
> command like `pkg_libchk | grep -E "xcb-.+.so" | sort>  tmpfile` to provide
> a list of ports that actually are linked to the libraries in question. This
> would be fed into portmaster to rebuild just these ports. (I guess I could
> use awk and uniq to remove repeats.)
> Should this become a preferred method of handling this problem?

You can use pkg_libchk -oc to have it report rather port name and skip 
status junk. You don't need uniq, use sort -u. Anyway portmaster will 
uniq them anyway.

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