Subject: Re: textproc/expat and its library name
To: Andy Ball <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/04/2006 10:18:55
In regards to your apachectl problem ... was it httpd itself that was 
using the old libexpat?

Was your apache installed via pkgsrc?

One problem is that we have open-ended dependencies. So even an old apache 
depending on an open-ended expat>=1.95.7 would still be fine with newer 
non-compatible expat.

One fix for that (which has not been done yet), is for pkg_add to always 
compare the PROVIDES and REQUIRES data from the packages. This will make 
sure that the libraries needed and the libraries provided for the packages 
are checked.

> I'm working on that now.  Unfortunately in doing so I have
> broken other packages and over-written at least one
> important config file.

What package? pkgsrc does a good job of not touching custom configuration 
files. If it was a package problem, we can try to fix it for others.

>  In desperation I removed my entire
> pkgsrc tree and fell back to 2006Q1 but I'm finding that all
> is not well there either.  I'm on the verge of deleting all
> of my packages and rebuilding the lot in hope that it will
> bring things more into synch. That will take at least a week
> though.

Maybe someone (or the NetBSD FTP servers) has ready-to-use binary packages 
for you. What do you need? (What packages? What operating system? What 

 Jeremy C. Reed

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