ICU sweeping upgrade: bug or feature?

Warren Block wblock at
Sat Feb 8 17:08:20 UTC 2014

On Sat, 8 Feb 2014, Andrea Venturoli wrote:

> Today I started some ports' upgrade and icu went from 50.1.2 to 52.1.
> As soon as this happened, lots of applications are not working anymore.
> Hmmm... so, to make it short:
>> # ln -s libicu
>> # ln -s
> and Firefox and LibreOffice are starting again.

This may very well come back to bite you in the future, causing 
mysterious failures long after you've forgotten you did it.  Here's a 
little Ruby script to detect these (it needs updating to work with pkg):

Running pkg_libchk [-q] after port upgrades has worked well for me.  It 
is from sysutils/bsdadminscripts by Dominic Fandrey, and easily detects 
applications that are using old libraries and should be rebuilt.  It 
worked this time also.

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