Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/distrib/sets
To: Greg Troxel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Laurent DAVERIO <email@example.com>
Date: 11/12/2004 16:57:10
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Greg Troxel wrote:
> fwiw, it's *extremely* convenient to be able to rm -rf /usr/pkg and
> /var/db/pkg and start from scratch, on any pkgsrc system, anywhere.
> I agree, and I do this, but usually 'pkg_delete -r \*', and then
> delete crud from /usr/pkg, saving etc.
IMHO, the mere idea that it may be desirable to rm -rf /usr/pkg and rebuild it
completely, makes me think that there must be something flawed with the pkgsrc
system - not *fundamentally* flawed, but at least very incomplete.
I've been administering several FreeBSD servers for the last three years, and
"portupgrade" (not a part of the base FreeBSD port system, I know) helped me a
lot. In these three years, I've never had to rebuild my ports from scratch, so
the idea seems very unnatural to me. I cannot even start to imagine deleting 500
installed packages from a server, and telling my users to wait a couple of weeks
till everything is recompiled and working again.
I should add that I've been bitten rather badly by "make update" in pkgsrc (as a
consequence of which I'm currently unable to reinstall xpm on one Solaris 8
server), because it starts by deleting a port and its dependencies, without
first making sure that it will be able to install the new versions or restore
the old ones.
But I agree that I am not a pkgsrc expert, as I tried it, with more or less
success, only on thre "exotic" platforms (Solaris 7, Solaris 8, AIX 5). Just my
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