pkg convert?

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Mon Jun 19 06:45:19 UTC 2017

On 19/06/2017 01:04, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> Looking through the man page for pkg, I see there is still an entry for convert ("pkg help convert" or "man pkg-convert").
>      pkg convert is used to convert from/to pkg(8) local database to legacy
>      pkg_install tools format.
>      The following options are supported by pkg convert:
>      -d pkg_dbdir, --pkg-dbdir pkg_dbdir
>              The location of the pkg_add(1) dbdir.  Defaults to /var/db/pkg.
>      -n, --dry-run
>              Dry-run mode.  Do not actually convert anything.  Just show what
>              would be done.
> What is this?  Looks obsolete to me, I thought the legacy pkg_install tools format was long gone with no going back.
> I tried this with -n (dry-run) just for curiosity, and naturally it didn't work:
> I got
> pkg: Unable to open plist file: /var/db/pkg/texlive-texmf-20150523_3/+CONTENTS
> Skipping invalid package: /var/db/pkg/texlive-texmf-20150523_3
> and many more like that.
> If this legacy functionality is long gone, why is it still in the man page or "pkg help convert"? 
> I saw it as recently as 11.1-PRERELEASE.

I believe the documentation is somewhat inaccurate: pkg-convert(8) will
convert the old pkg_tools format to pkg(8), but not the reverse.

Yes, this is pretty much of legacy interest only nowadays, but I suspect
there are still 8.x machines needing upgrade here and there.



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