Package management question

Chris Kottaridis chriskot at
Sun Apr 8 05:28:14 UTC 2007

I need a little advise on FreeBSD package management, I am kind of new
to the FreeBSD package management thing and so I am sure this is a very
basic question.

I just installed 6.2 and apparently it installed the mysql-client 5.0
package. I want to get mysql up to 5.1 from the /usr/ports directory,
figuring the most recent version in the ports directory is better. So, I
built the mysql51 port and when it came time to do "make install" it
complained that mysql 5.0 was already in place and I should delete it

># make install
>===>  Installing for mysql-client-5.1.11
>===>  mysql-client-5.1.11 conflicts with installed package(s):
>      mysql-client-5.0.27
>      They install files into the same place.
>      Please remove them first with pkg_delete(1).
>*** Error code 1
>Stop in /usr/ports/databases/mysql51-client.

Fair enough, but when I look at the pkg_info for 5.0.27:

>$ pkg_info mysql-client-5.0.27
>Information for mysql-client-5.0.27:
>Multithreaded SQL database (client)
>Required by:
>MySQL is a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user and robust SQL
>(Structured Query Language) database server.
>- Alex Dupre
>ale at

And indeed pkg_delete doesn't allow me to delete the package due to the

># pkg_delete mysql-client-5.0.27
>pkg_delete: package 'mysql-client-5.0.27' is required by these other
>and may not be deinstalled:

So, is the right answer to use pkg_delete -f and force the delete and
then install mysql 5.1 and hope that koffice and kde are OK with the
change ?

That seems a bit brutal, but I can't seem to find any kind of a
pkg_update option.

I really just want to get a mysql server on the machine, but the
mysql51-server port complained there weas no mysql-51-client. I assume I
can install the mysql50-server, but I might as well go with the latest
and greatest if I can.

	Chris Kottaridis    (chriskot at

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