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 strange dependency issues with pkgdb -F -- please help!
Author: Francesca 
Date:   07-02-06 01:10

Hello all,

I'm doing some maintenance on a FreeBSD 5.3-STABLE server with a lot of ports that need updating. Following a suggestion, I have installed portupgrade for this purpose. I tried to update all my ports with 'portupgrade -a', but it said I have to use pkgdb to fix the database.

So I did that, and everything pretty much went well until this strange dependency issue popped up:

Stale dependency: linux-sun-jdk- -> linux-XFree86-libs- (x11/linux-XFree86-libs):
linux-sun-jdk- (score:26%) ? ([y]es/[n]o/[a]ll) [no]

This doesn't make any sense to me. Why would it offer to change the dependency for linux-sun-jdk from linux-XFree86-libs to linux-sun-jdk itself?

I tried to 'make install clean' the linux-XFree86-libs port, but it told me that it conflicts with linux_base... this doesn't make sense either, as I highly doubt that whatever pointed to linux-XFree86-libs would work after being redirected to linux_base.

Also, I checked in /usr/ports right after updating the ports tree and I found that there is no port named linux-sun-jdk, only linux-sun-jdk13, linux-sun-jdk14, linux-sun-jdk15 and so on.

Not sure what to do!
Any help would be hugely appreciated!

Thank you,

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 Re: strange dependency issues with pkgdb -F -- please help!
Author: parv 
Date:   09-02-06 02:46

Yes it is quite strange that the portupgrade would specify a port to be its own dependency. I also experienced the same situation once or twice.

Origin of port linux-sun-jdk- is java/linux-sun-jdk14. Not all the port names conform to /^[-,._a-zA-Z]+$/.

Here, linux-sun-jdk- (installed from ports tree) has dependency on both linux_base & linux-XFree86-libs ...

pkg_tree linux-sun-jdk-
|\__ linux_base-8-8.0_10
|\__ linux-expat-1.95.7
|\__ linux-fontconfig-2.2.3_2
|\__ linux-XFree86-libs-
\__ javavmwrapper-2.0_6

... apparently on my system there seems to be no conflic between linux_base & linux-XFree86-libs.

It is possible that your linux_base might have installed XFree86-libs?

- Parv

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