Resolving package conflicts (pkg set -o?)

wes Frazier wes.frazier at
Mon Aug 13 13:09:58 UTC 2018

I am curious about this too. I am currently living with a conflict
between lang/chicken and lang/mono over the 'csi' binary; and I would
appreciate knowing what the proper solution is.

On 08/12/18 14:12, Norman Gray wrote:
> Or (the same question more compactly expressed) is there a general
> strategy for dealing with package conflicts, where two packages install
> files at the same path?
> On 10 Aug 2018, at 18:10, Norman Gray wrote:
>> Greetings.
>> When installing the 'ceph' package, I get an error:
>> pkg: openldap-client-2.4.46 conflicts with openldap-sasl-client-2.4.46
>> (installs files into the same place).  Problematic file:
>> /usr/local/bin/ldapadd
>> I'm not sure how best to resolve this.  Can anyone offer advice?
>> This happens because I've installed the openldap-sasl-client package
>> in preference to openldap-client (or rather, the nss-pam-ldapd-sasl
>> package installs the former rather than the latter).  I take it that
>> the two packages would be broadly equivalent in function from the
>> point of view of dependencies.  However I'm not sure what the real
>> difference is between these two alternatives.
>> One way of resolving this appears to be to use pkg set -o
>> net/openldap24-client:net/openldap24-sasl-client, as mentioned in a
>> UPDATING entry of 20121212 (I haven't tried this yet).
>> However the pkg-set(8) manpage suggests this is deprecated, I can't
>> find any way to reverse this if I mess up, and the discussion at
>> <> suggests
>> this is a rather desperate measure, in the sense that (I quote)
>> 'there's no going back', and there seems to be no way to discover
>> later what fixes have been applied.  That is, this sounds highly
>> breakable, and pretty clearly not TRTTD.
>> Section 4 of the handbook doesn't seem to cover this situation.
>> I can't think of where else to look.
>> I (vaguely) imagine I could get round this by installing ceph's
>> dependencies via pkg by hand, and then building net/ceph using
>> portmaster.  Though I see that that has an 'R-dep' on openldap-client,
>> so that might just be a longer route to the same problem.
>> I don't really want to build ceph from source.  I doubt that'd be hard
>> to do, but it'd be annoying to maintain (and hence errorprone).
>> I can't be the first to have this type of problem, so I expect I'm
>> missing something pretty obvious.
>> Best wishes,
>> Norman
>> -- 
>> Norman Gray  :
>> SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK

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