pkgdb usage guide
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Mon Aug 29 00:56:17 GMT 2005
Vizion <vizion at vizion.occoxmail.com> writes:
> It would be most appreciated if someone who is familiar with the use
> of pkgdb could either point to a user guide that tells one how & in
> what circumstances to use the various interactive options offered by
> this utility or maybe help to draft an faq on it.
How about the following?
The pkgdb command is a tool to create or update the system
package database which is used by the portupgrade(1) tool suite.
It maintains a hash that maps an installed file to a package
name, a hash that maps a package to an origin, and a list of
pkg_which looks in the package database to tell which package
each specified file came from. If the database is outdated but
you do not have permission to update it, it delegates tasks to
Actually, pkgdb and pkg_which are the same command, and are
The pkgdb command also works as an interactive tool for fixing
the pack- age registry database when -F is specified. It helps
you resolve stale dependencies, unlink cyclic dependencies,
complete stale or missing origins and remove duplicates. You
should run this command periodically so portupgrade(1) and other
pkg_* tools can work effectively and reliably.
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