removing a php5-pcre extension

Michael Powell nightrecon at
Tue Dec 9 03:22:32 PST 2008

Ivan Voras wrote:

> Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Now that pcre is included in the base installation, how do I remove it?
>> $ pkg_delete -nv php5-pcre-5.2.6_2
>> pkg_delete: package 'php5-pcre-5.2.6_2' is required by these other
>> packages and may not be deinstalled:
>> pear-1.7.2
>> pear-Auth-1.6.1
>> pear-Auth_SASL-1.0.2
>> pear-DB-1.7.13,1
>> pear-Log-1.10.1
>> pear-Mail_Mime-1.5.2,1
>> pear-Mail_mimeDecode-1.5.0
>> pear-Net_SMTP-1.3.0
>> pear-Net_Socket-1.0.8
>> pear-Pager-2.4.6
>> pecl-filter-0.11.0
>> php5-extensions-1.2
>> phpMyAdmin-3.1.0
>> smarty-2.6.19
>> pkg_delete: 1 package deletion(s) failed
>> Am I safe just deleting it? Or do I have to rebuild all the above listed
>> ports? Leaving it as is is probably not a good idea...
> Presumably, if you delete it, the listed packages will stop working.

I just ran into this yesterday with a portupgrade. I just did pkg_deinstall 
-f (pkg_delete -f does the same in lieu) php5-pcre and so far haven't had
any problems. I also looked at phpinfo(); and it still is containing a 
listing for pcre support. YMMV

After the portupgrade php -v (I run php as fastcgi) segfaulted. I ran
the "reorder extensions.ini" script and it then complained about Since I don't use that I just commented it out of extensions.ini.
In case anyone else sees the same.


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