Some questions about ports system

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Nov 26 10:16:22 GMT 2005

On Sat, Nov 26, 2005 at 10:29:07AM +0100, Guillaume R. wrote:
> Hi
> At the end of a portsclean -LPPDDC I got this:
> ** Clean out /usr/local/lib/compat/pkg manually on occasions.
> ** Try using libchk(1) (sysutils/libchk) to find out unreferenced libraries.
> I'm asking thus some questions, the one is how could I clean manually
> the /usr/local/lib/compat/pkg directory 

The directory /usr/local/lib/compat/pkg is where portsclean puts old and
orphaned libraries. If the libraries are no longer used, you can remove them.

> and the second is about the
> nature of libchk. I got no man page on this soft and it doesn't seem
> to be installed on my box. 

It's in the ports system. /usr/ports/sysutils/libchk

> Before running it I wish to know what is it? Could someone explain me
> what this software is and figure out is utility for a system?

Read /usr/ports/sysutils/libchk/pkg-descr

> Finally I got a question about pkgdb, when I run it with the F options
> I often have questions to which I have to answer thx to yes or no. I
> never know what I must choose. I read the man page of pkgdb but it's
> not clear in my mind could someone explain me how this soft works?

Basically, what it does when it finds a missing or outdated dependancy,
is search for packages that have a name that looks like the dependancy
it's looking for. It then asks you if you think it's guess is correct.

Try 'pkgdb -aF' that will fix anything that can be fixed securely, and
leaves the rest.

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