Annoying ports problem

Eric Kjeldergaard kjelderg at
Thu Feb 17 23:12:22 GMT 2005

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 10:45:36 +0100, Heinrich Rebehn
<rebehn at> wrote:
> 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
> (gnomevfs2-2.9.91)
>        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?

Just "make" will make the program and try to install it as if it were
the first time.  When it detects the older version, it will want you
to do "make deinstall && make reinstall".  For upgrading ports, you
may want to look at /usr/ports/sysutils/portupgrade.

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