Recovering from X "upgrade" disaster - now what?

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Thu Apr 7 14:08:22 UTC 2016

On 04/06/16 22:58, Warren Block wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Apr 2016, Will Parsons wrote:
>> Thank you for the suggestions, even if they failed to solve the
>> problem.
>> Happily, I have now got X working again, but to do so I had to restore
>> the entire contents of /usr/local from a backup I had made about 6
>> months ago.  I think what this means is that my pkg database is out of
>> sync with the actual contents of /usr/local.  What does this mean as
>> far as further updating?  I'd just as soon try to resolve the real
>> problem, but am understandably reluctant to leave my system crippled
>> again.
> First, make a full backup of the system as it is.
> The easy way to fix the package database is the same thing that might 
> resolve the problem.  Reinstall all the packages, either as binaries 
> or from ports.  There is a procedure for ports at the end of the 
> portmaster man page.  For packages, I want to say it would be 'pkg 
> install -af', but I have not tested it.
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If he blindly reinstalls *all* pkg's, he will replicate the problem he 
just got done fixing. Might want to lock X11, maybe other stuff as well, 
before restoring pkg's .... $0.02, no more, no less ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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