Force install function in PKGNG

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Thu Jan 30 21:49:26 UTC 2014

On 30/01/2014 11:17, James Griffin wrote:
> On 2014-01-29, Kenneth Hatteland <kenneth.hatteland at> wrote:
>> My system always have had problems getting my HP cp1515n to work. But 
>> installing HPLIP from ports, then installing HPIJS with pkg_add -rf will 
>> get the correct PPDs to show up in CUPS.
>>   After swithcing to pkgng it does not seem to exist a force option so  
>> I have to do all my prints on another machine, which is slightly 
>> annoying. I have read man pages and googled but can not seem to find a 
>> force funtion. Does anybody know about one or have a better way of 
>> making the right PPDs install to get my printer going ? Having only 
>> HPLIP, or HPIJS installed does not make this possible.
>> Thanks in advance, Kenneth Hatteland
> Have a look at the pkg-add(8) man page. Specifically, the -f option.
> This provides the force function you need I believe. Or you might be
> able to build it as a port to get it installed. 

pkg-add is used when you have downloaded a pkg tarball manually.
Virtually always you probably want to use pkg-install -- as this will
handle automatically fetching the package and any dependencies from a
repository.  pkg-install understands '-f' to force installation.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

JID: matthew at

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