On Mon, 5 Nov 2007, Donovan R. Palmer wrote:

A total noob here with FreeBSD, but am liking it so far. I went to run portupgrade for the first time and encountered quite a few problems. I have googled around and found some of my answers, but it's been slow going. For example:

cairo# portupgrade -aF

The thing you should be doing first is checking /usr/ports/UPDATING. Major things can change, and portupgrade may not be able to handle them without help.

cd: can't cd to /usr/ports/devel/gnu-autoconf
** Package 'gnu-autoconf' has been removed from ports tree.

Old versions of autoconf were replaced with 2.61.

So one possibility I read to fix something like this is to uninstall and resintall it. This yields the following result:

But you can't reinstall it, since it's gone from the ports tree.

cairo# pkg_info | grep gnu-autoconf
gnu-autoconf-2.59 Automatically configure source code on many Un*x platforms
cairo# pkg_deinstall gnu-autoconf-2.59
--->  Deinstalling 'gnu-autoconf-2.59'
pkg_delete: package 'gnu-autoconf-2.59' is required by these other packages
and may not be deinstalled:
** Listing the failed packages (*:skipped / !:failed)
      ! gnu-autoconf-2.59     (pkg_delete failed)
--->  Packages processed: 0 done, 0 ignored, 0 skipped and 1 failed

So how do I fix this? Is there a HOW-TO or tutorial on a webpage out there that will help me learn how to fix these things? The handbook makes no mention of how to resolve these issues... unless I missed something?

The "-f" option to pkg_delete/pkg_deinstall will force it to do the action, even if there are dependencies. Sometimes it's the only way.

There's also the -o option to portupgrade.

As for a tutorial: first, check UPDATING. Then the command man page. If necessary, a web search.

I can't remember what I did for this particular upgrade, but do remember deleting some of the older autoconf ports manually. I suspect you could delete all of them (and maybe some or all of the automake ports) and then just deinstall and install autotools. (Like pkg_delete -f, "make deinstall" in a port will ignore dependencies and just go ahead.)

After you do all that, you'll probably need to run pkgdb -F to fix or at least check dependencies.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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