Subject: Re: two questions: upgrading meta packages, pkg database
To: Rainer J.H. Brandt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Dr. Rene Hexel <email@example.com>
Date: 05/20/2001 19:15:32
"Rainer J.H. Brandt" wrote:
> Just for clarification:
> I did use and talk about precompiled binary packages.
> So, essentially you suggest:
> 1. Analyze your system: find all packages that depend on any of the packages
> installed via 'pkg_add gnome'. That can be quite a lot - although the actual
> set can be hard to find: For the precompiled gnome-188.8.131.52 for i386,
> pkg_info tells me that 125 packages are required, among them for example:
> Four times libxml, python, perl, ghostscript, Mesa, four times glib,
> six times gnome-libs. Figure out which ones were really installed when
> gnome was installed, then try to figure out whether a new version of gnome
> depends on newer versions of Perl or Python, for instance (I doubt it, but
> you never know...) Then find the packages that depend on this set of
> packages, and remove them if you are afraid that they will not work with the
> new gnome.
> 2. Recursively repeat these steps for all packages that you deleted.
> 3. Install new packages.
Basically, yes, but you don't have to do that by hand. If you have an
up-to-date pkgsrc tree, you can use the 'make update' target to update
your installation, even from pre-compiled binary packages. To do that,
set 'UPDATE_TARGET=bin-install' in /etc/mk.conf, then do a 'make update'
on the package you want to update (e.g., gnome). For more information,
see the descriptions of the 'bin-install' and the 'update' targets in
the package documentation.