difference between deinstall and pkg_delete?

Mikhail Goriachev mikhailg at webanoide.org
Mon Jun 5 04:11:17 PDT 2006

RW wrote:
> On Friday 02 June 2006 08:53, Mikhail Goriachev wrote:
>> Jon Falconer wrote:
>>> Greetings,
>>> I see in the man page for ports the following:
>>>      reinstall        Use this to restore a port after using
>>> pkg_delete(1) when you should have used deinstall.
>>> So I'm wondering what is the difference between pkg_delete and using
>>> "make deinstall" from within the ports directory? What does "make
>>> deinstall" do that pkg_delete does not do? What does pkg_delete do that
>>> "make deinstall" does not do?
>> Hi,
>> This will point you in the right direction:
>> http://www.bsdforums.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-29467.html
> Actually I think that points in wrong direction. There is a lot of 
> misinformation about this that is repeated ad-nauseum.
> Most ports use the standard deinstall target which calls pkg_delete; there is 
> only one port in the whole tree that defines it own deinstall target, and 
> that one installs its own versions of the pkg_* utilities. 
> The port system uses a series of cookie files to keep track of what has been 
> done. For example if you type "make && make" the port will only build once, 
> because the first make sets the "build cookie". There is also an Install 
> cookie which leads to a problem when you go through the sequence
>     make install
>     pkg_delete
>     make install
> because pkg_delete doesn't know about the port cookies. The deinstall and 
> reinstall targets both delete the cookie and so using one or the other avoids 
> the problem.  
> In practice this is virtually a non-issue since most people, and all build 
> tools, will do a make clean at some point in the sequence.

Right, so pkg_deinstall is the way to go then, isn't? Logically, there
is a difference between pkg_delete and pkg_deinstall. Personally, I use
the latter.


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