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Re: postinstall removed yet another "obsolete" system library that was still used....

On Sun, 28 Jun 2020 at 21:21, Christos Zoulas <> wrote:
> In article <m1jpKfd-0036tsC@more.local>,
> Greg A. Woods <> wrote:
> >-=-=-=-=-=-
> >
> >So I just upgraded a system from an old 8.99 -current to a newer 9.99
> >current and "postinstall fix obsolete" removed my /usr/lib/*
> >
> >However this library was still in use by installed packages (due, I
> >think, to a dependency of libgd on libgomp, thus every gd-using package
> >is now G.D. broke)!
> >
> >I propose that the rule documented in src/distrib/lists/base/shl.mi be
> >far more strictly observed, even for libraries that appear and disappear
> >between releases (i.e. for -current), at least for the ".major" link and
> >the file it points to.  If they were never there in a release, never
> >mentioning them as obsolete in releases should be just fine (i.e. they
> >were never there, so never mentioning them is the correct thing to do).
> >
> >On the other hand we could first fix postinstall to be more careful by
> >getting it to fetch all the "REQUIRED" values from package BUILD_INFO
> >like this:
> >
> >       pkg_info -a -Q REQUIRES  | sort -u
> >
> >and then have it noisily refuse to remove any obsolete file still in
> >this "required" list.  This would allow us to mention all old/upgraded
> >shared libraries as obsolete, including those from between releases.  Of
> >course this only protects things installed via pkgsrc, and there's still
> >the risk of subsequently needing to install a binary package built for
> >an older release which needs one of these "obsolete" files, but at least
> >pkg_add can (be made to if it doesn't already) notice this and abort.
> That is a good idea. Perhaps even
>         pkg_info -a -Q REQUIRES  | fgrep -v /usr/pkg | sort -u

Another possible (orthogonal) option - have postinstall fix default to
moving obsolete files into a directory tree under a temp directory, so
if you need to get anything back its still on the disk.


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