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Re: Proposed fix for long-standing +CONTENTS bug

Jonathan Perkin <> writes:

> I've tried to reproduce this for quite a long time with stress tests
> to no avail, but finally today something clicked along with spotting
> this error associated with it earlier in the upgrade process:
>   pkg_add: Dependency of p5-Net-SSLeay-1.85nb1 fulfilled by perl-5.28.2, but not by perl-5.30.1

I concur that the problem and this error message are correlated.

Also "pkg_admin rebuild" resolves this, but of course the bug should be fixed.

> It turns out to be caused by dependencies of the form >=X<Y when a
> forced upgrade (as used by pkgin, make replace, and no doubt others)
> has taken us past Y.  The search for installed packages fails and so
> the packages are not removed from +CONTENTS files.  This is why it
> appears more often with perl than other packages, as that has enforced
> versions, though it has been seen with others.
> My proposed patch is to convert any lookups of specific versions to
> just look for -[0-9]* for this code path.  We do not support multiple
> packages to be installed with the same PKGBASE, so there should(?) be
> no danger here of removing the wrong package:

That seems ok to me.

> I'm going to be testing this patch for a while (it has passed hundreds
> of iterations of my stress test so far) and probably ship it out to my
> users for wider testing, but would like it to be integrated at some
> point for everyone.

Sounds good - thanks for being the one to finally really track this

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