pkg_info fails with "leave_playpen: can't chdir back to ''"

Mike Clarke jmc-freebsd2 at
Tue Jan 12 10:12:02 UTC 2010

On Wednesday 30 December 2009, Henry Wong wrote:

> I'm seeing the same problem with pkg_info on FreeBSD 8.0 RELEASE.
> However, I also found that even when running as the root user, if
> I'm in a chroot jail, it does not fail.

Sometime after experiencing this problem I discovered that my ports had 
suffered from the accidental introduction of some packages which had 
been built for rev. 6.4 (see the thread under 
As a result of this I had to completely remove and re-install all my 
ports and I haven't seen the "leave_playpen" problem since then. It 
might be just coincidence or it may be that pkg_info just got confused 
by all the links to wrong and non-existent libraries. Could it be that 
the ports in your main system are corrupt but those in the jail are 

Mike Clarke

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