Combining pkg and "traditional ports"

Polytropon freebsd at
Wed Jan 15 06:18:05 UTC 2014

On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:58:12 +0800, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:36:34 +0100
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > With the upcoming OS standardization on pkg (pkgng) following
> > the abolishment of the pkg_* toolset I'd like to ask questions
> did I get something wrong or does this only affects the binary
> 'distribution'?
> As long as the ports are in place, png should have no impact on them.

No, you're right - ports and packages can still coexist with the
new tool. Programs like portupgrade and portmaster should also be
able to adapt to pkg (registering installed software and so on).

> But if you upgrade your system using packages, you will overwrite
> whatever is on the system and might destroy parts of it as the binary
> installed uses the wrong options. 

That's what I've been fearing. Instead of specifying "nearly all"
packages manually, my idea would have been to "upgrade all with
the exceptions of".

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