the art of pkgdb -F

Jonathan Horne freebsd at
Wed Mar 28 01:28:45 UTC 2007

On Tue, 27 Mar 2007 21:17:13 -0400
"Michael P. Soulier" <msoulier at> wrote:

> I'm looking at
> while I run it myself. I'm finding wonderful questions like
> Stale dependency: p5-Authen-SASL-2.09 -> p5-GSSAPI-0.24 (security/p5-GSSAPI):
> p5-Geography-Countries-1.4 (score:26%) ? ([y]es/[n]o/[a]ll) [no] 
> I must ask. How the hell am I supposed to know?? I build that as a dependency
> of something that I built months ago. There's a good chance that I'll be
> simply guessing at all of the answers. 
> Is it really useful to run this if you can't remember? And why am I
> remembering anyway? That's what a packaging system is for, isn't it?
> Mike
> -- 
> Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at>
> "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It
> takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite
> direction." --Albert Einstein

when i come across those, i always just take the defaults.  one time i tried to tell it what i thought, and i built myself into an endless loop of 'run pkgdb -F's.  eventually i had to just delete a few things, reinstall a few things to correct it.  ever since then, i just do what it says and hope for the best.  9 out of 10, it guesses right for me.


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