pkg_install is marked "not for deletion", for good reasons by itself. But it causes lots of trouble when you want to upgrade it. "make replace" is the only way to do it, it seems. (if you have a binary package, I don't recall exactly, but I think it was something like pkg_add -u -f) This however still has the trouble that the old package is still registered as installed, so after a while you end up with multiple pkg_install versions. This confuses tools which look for out of date packages, and for each of them (except possibly the latest) it wants to update it. I'd say that make replace should either fail or remove the old registration. I think it should remove the old registration. The problem is that ideally there wouldn't be a period with no tools, so perhaps removing old pkg entry but not binaries and then overwriting with new nad registering makes sense.
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