Problem upgrading misc/help2man: missing language files

Thomas Mueller mueller23 at
Wed Oct 3 08:17:59 UTC 2012

from Bas Smeelen <b.smeelen at>:

> Below it looks like the creation of the backup package fails, which get's
> deleted by default after the new port is installed.
> I Just update ports on a CURRENT server with csup from
> and the help2man version is still 1.40.12
> I will go ahead and update from
> .
> .
> .
> No help2man-1.40.13 yet.
> Maybe csup the portstree again and retry portmaster misc/help2man?

> Did portmaster end with lines like
> Upgrade of help2man-1.40.11 to help2man-1.40.12
> But then help2man-1.40.12 to help2man-1.40.13 instead of the above?
> The it should be OK.

No, I was trying to upgrade from 1.40.12 to 1.40.13 : WRONG!

I used "portsnap fetch update", and I saw the new version 1.40.13 : WRONG! 

I checked again, and current version was 1.40.12

Problem might have been a port having misc/help2man as a dependency needed 
NLS option to be set?  So I rebuilt with 
portmaster -f misc/help2man
and that rebuilt perl-5.16 redundantly.

I am still curious how one rebuilds and reinstalls a corrupted port 
installation when backing up would not be desired.  Maybe
portmaster -f <port-in-question> ?


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