synth install ... builds but does not always install named packages

Thomas Mueller mueller6722 at
Fri Sep 15 08:23:49 UTC 2017

> On Sep 15 07:34, Thomas Mueller wrote:

> I am building up a system (FreeBSD 11.1-STABLE amd64) using synth, but even when the packages build and appear in /var/synth/live_packages/All , some of the packages don't install.

> When I type "which gnumeric", "which bison", "which abiword", I just get a blank, and the executable files don't appear in /usr/local/bin .

> This happened with math/gnumeric, editors/abiword-docs, among others.

> I subsequently installed those packages by typing "synth install math/gnumeric" and "synth install editors/abiword-docs", but how do I find all the others that built and are listed in /var/synth/live_packages/All but did not install?

> I see 

> "ls -l /var/synth/live_packages/All" has 657 lines, while

> "pkg info -a" produces 544 lines.

> I piped to "more", then hit G to go to the end, then Ctrl-G, which showed the number of lines.

> This may not tell the whole story, but makes me believe there is a disparity, and ask how to find and install those packages that built but didn't install.

> Has anybody else been stung by this bug?

Matt Smith responded:

> Do you actually want those packages installed? The usual reason is that 
> they are build dependencies only required for building another package 
> and therefore they are in the repo but not installed. If they are run 
> dependencies actually required for another package to run then they 
> should be installed.

> Freshports is a good site for looking at this.  

> If you search for something it tells you what is build and what is run.  
> Alternatively you can look at the ports Makefile for lines such as 

In some cases, the named packages failed to install the first time (math/gnumeric and editors/abiword), and in other cases desired dependencies didn't install (devel/nasm and sysutils/coreutils, for instance).

I need some of those build dependencies for other things like, for instance, cross-compiling Haiku and cross-compiling Linux toolchains, or other FreeBSD ports.

Is there anything I can specify to install those build dependencies, and how do I go through /var/synth/live-packages/All and pkg info -a to install those packages that failed to install without missing something?

Synth runs faster and more gracefully than portmaster, but portmaster installed everything that it built.


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