Annoying ports problem

Heinrich Rebehn rebehn at
Thu Feb 17 09:46:55 GMT 2005

Hi list,

I have run into an annoying problem several times when upgrading ports.

Say, if i want to upgrade gstreamer-plugins, i do:

# cd /usr/ports/multimedia/gstreamer-plugins
# make

This pulls in some dependencies, for example gnomevfs2. gnnomevfs2 will 
compile fine, but then stops because it wants to install gnomevfs2 
instead of reinstalling it:

===>   An older version of devel/gnomevfs2 is already installed 
       You may wish to ``make deinstall'' and install this port again
       by ``make reinstall'' to upgrade it properly.
       If you really wish to overwrite the old port of devel/gnomevfs2
       without deleting it first, set the variable "FORCE_PKG_REGISTER"
       in your environment or the "make install" command line.
*** Error code 1

Since i have run into this several times, i must be missing something 
substantial. What is it?


Heinrich Rebehn

University of Bremen
Physics / Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Department of Telecommunications -

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