pkg update

Michael Schuster michaelsprivate at
Mon Jun 8 06:36:48 UTC 2020

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 08:25 Matthew Seaman <matthew at> wrote:

> On 06/06/2020 08:55, Manish Jain wrote:
> > This is a known problem with pkg, which sometimes happens for reasons I
> > do not know. The following steps should resolve your issue :
> >
> > rm -rf /var/cache/pkg/* /var/db/pkg/repo-*.sqlite
> > pkg bootstrap -f
> > pkg update -f
> >
> Doing this will really spoil your day.

This (and a whole lot of other potential issues) is a good reason to use
boot environments (which require ZFS).
I've made it a habit to always
- create and then mount a new BE
- perform all pkg operations on this mounted BE,
- temporarily active the new BE
- reboot.

In the worst case, booting the new BE will fail, but due to the temporary
activation, next boot will be with previous one, and you'll be ready for
another attempt.


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