annoying problems after upgrading to 6.2-RELEASE

Scott Bennett bennett at
Fri Apr 27 04:30:45 UTC 2007

     On Thu, 26 Apr 2007 23:13:40 -0400 Kris Kennaway <kris at>

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>On Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 08:51:50PM -0500, Scott Bennett wrote:
>>      I've encountered three annoying problems since doing the upgrade from
>> 6.1-RELEASE to 6.2-RELEASE using the upgrade option when booting from the
>> installation CD.  This is on a Dell Inspiron XPS (3.4 GHz P4 w/HTT enabled
>> and 1 GB of memory).
>> 	1) The ports and packages subsystems are as fragile as ever (no big
>> 	   surprise).  I was able to add packages for less than a day before
>> 	   it broke.  Sometimes I can still add or delete a package, but
>> 	   in at least one case, I can't because pkg_add says that an earlier
>> 	   version of the package is already installed, while an attempt to
>> 	   remove the earlier version using pkg_delete gets a message saying
>> 	   that no such package is installed.  Apparently, pkg_add and
>> 	   pkg_delete do not refer to the same indicators of whether a
>> 	   particular package is actually installed.  Attempting to build ports
>> 	   fails while trying to build dependency ports, which was what led
>> 	   to attempt to remove libtool and then add the newer version.  I'll
>> 	   try to get a PR together and submitted soon.
>It is recommended to use an upgrade tool like portupgrade instead of
>trying to use pkg_add/pkg_delete "by hand".  It is too easy to misuse

     portinstall/portupgrade had failed to install/upgrade certain ports or
packages to satisfy the dependencies in the ports I was trying to install or
upgrade.  I really did want to install or upgrade several ports, and so I had
begun attempting to install the required (or later) versions of the
prerequisites as packages in order to get around the build failures.

>them and leave your system in an inconsistent state, as yours
>apparently has become.

     That sounds to me like an attempt to skate past my observation that
"Apparently, pkg_add and pkg_delete do not refer to the same indicators of
whether a particular package is actually installed."
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