Problem with libpng + Mozilla applications on FreeBSD 8.3

Alexandr Alexeev afiskon at
Sat Oct 27 08:42:11 UTC 2012

Sometimes placing symlink to the newer version of library instead of
older version helps.

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:06:44 +0530, Manish Jain wrote:
>> Hello Polytropon,
>> Thanks for replying.
>>  > Maybe an update of FF and TB would be sufficient, so it can link
>>  > to the present (or at least expected) libraries accordingly.
>> Maybe I did not make it clear enough in the original message. The only
>> thing I installed from the installation DVD was the OS and the GNOME2
>> metaport. Everything else including FF and TB was installed from ports,
>> the tarball of which I downloaded just a couple of days back. I hope you
>> are not suggesting that I build the GNOME2 metaport too from the ports
>> directory : with my internet connection, that really would take me into
>> the next century.
> Exactly that would have been the preferred solution. :-)
>> > You should not manually copy things. At some point, something will
>> > crash, and the ports infrastructure cannot take care of it. It's
>> > easier to use a port management tool (like portmaster) to deal
>> > with installing and updating of ports.
>> For the present issue, it seems logical that I would need 2 versions of
>> libpng : one for GNOME and one for the ports being installed. Having the
>> two versions reside independently in /usr/lib and /usr/local/lib seems
>> to be the only way out. I still must admit that it defeats the purpose
>> of having port management tools.
> It also blurs the line between OS (/usr/lib) and additional
> software (/usr/local/lib) directories. However, both directories
> are used by the linker, so it looks possible (and probably better
> than messing with symlinks in /usr/local/lib). Problems _might_
> occur when updating world.
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Best regards,
Alex Alexeev

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