Major Error Upgrading to GNOME 2.12

Bob Perry rperry at
Wed Nov 9 08:20:47 GMT 2005

Micah wrote:

> Bob Perry wrote:
>> This past weekend, I CVSup'd the ports tree and prepared to run 
>> portupgrade.  I noticed a large number of GNOME ports in my output 
>> from pkg_version and, found that I would need to run the GNOME 
>> Project 's upgrade script to upgrade to 2.12.
>> I use a dial-up modem had been timed out on several occasions.during 
>> the process  This happened about three times during the night and I 
>> had to restart the upgrade each time.  Note that I failed to use the 
>> restart flag recommended during the first restart.  I finally ended 
>> up with a "succesful upgrade..." message even though I now have only 
>> 188 ports after beginning with 297.  Amongst the missing is gnome 
>> 2.12 itself.
>> I'm hoping there is some way to get things back to normal and rerun 
>> the upgrade without re-installing the missing ports.  BTW, I did back 
>> up /var/db/pkg.
>> Any advice would be appreciated.  I run 5.4 -RELEASE #0.  I'm running 
>> this message from a second machine but should be able to supply the 
>> logs if needed.
>> Thanks,
>> Bob Perry
> gnome_upgrade_lst.xxxx in your tmp folder should contain a list of all 
> the software that the script was going to update.  Compare that list 
> with the output from pkg_version/portversion to see what needs 
> reinstalling.  Reinstall it via whatever method you like (portinstall, 
> cd /user/port/xxx/xxx && make install).  I am in a similar situation 
> but I had the output from portversion from before the upgrade to rely 
> on (and wrote a script that made a list of the differences).
> HTH,
> Micah
I was able to compare the list of files the script was going to update 
to output from pkg_version to get an idea of what was missing.  I 
started with gnome2 (cd /user/port/x11/gnome2 && make install) and now 
have about a dozen ports left to install.  (Think I'll try portmanager 
at a later date when I feel more comfortable with it.)

I certainly want to thank you all for your help.  Can't wait 'til next 

Bob Perry

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