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Date:      Sat, 28 Jul 2007 23:48:31 +0300
From:      Manolis Kiagias <sonicy@otenet.gr>
To:        "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: oops, what have i done!
Message-ID:  <46ABAB9F.7050708@otenet.gr>
In-Reply-To: <20070728202316.GA15797@owl.midgard.homeip.net>
References:  <200707281513.51368.freebsd@dfwlp.com> <20070728202316.GA15797@owl.midgard.homeip.net>

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Erik Trulsson wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2007 at 03:13:51PM -0500, Jonathan Horne wrote:
>   
>> today, when i was auditing what needs to be updated, i came upon this:
>>
>> autoconf-2.13.000227_5              <   needs updating (port has 
>> 2.13.000227_6)
>> autoconf-2.53_3                     <   needs updating (port has 2.53_4)
>> autoconf-2.59_2                     <   needs updating (port has 2.59_3)
>> automake-1.4.6_3                    <   needs updating (port has 1.4.6_4)
>> automake-1.5_3,1                    <   needs updating (port has 1.5_4,1)
>> automake-1.9.6_1                    <   needs updating (port has 1.9.6_2)
>>
>> how did i manage to get so many of these 3 things installed?  can i assume its 
>> safe to remove all but the highest version?
>>     
>
> Short answer:  It is perfectly normal.  Don't worry.
>
>
> Longer answer:
>
> The reason you have all of them installed is that some ports need one of
> them, and others need another one etc.
> It is perfectly safe to have all of them installed at the same time.
>
> You can delete any or all of them if you wish, but don't be surprised if
> they get pulled in again by one port or another.
>   
Even more, if you updated you ports tree today, read /usr/ports/UPDATING
there is an entry for a specific upgrade procedure concerning these.



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