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Date:      Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:31:27 -0500
From:      Lowell Gilbert <>
To:        Novembre <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: old cruft after source upgrading --- clean install?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> ('s message of "Wed\, 21 Jan 2009 20\:35\:53 -0600")
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Novembre <> writes:

> I have a system which was updated from 6.3-RELEASE to 7.0-RELEASE some
> eight months ago via a source upgrade. After that, I rebuilt all the
> packages on the system as well. Now, I would like to update it again
> to 7.1-RELEASE, and I'm wondering whether I should do a clean install
> or just do a source upgrade again. My question is regarding all the
> old cruft that remains after the upgrade and rebuilding of all the
> packages, as I already know that there are a bunch of old libraries
> residing somewhere on the system.

pkg_delete (or portupgrade, etc.) should not orphan any libraries
(occasionally there is a bug in a port that does, but it's rare).  As
far as the base system, remember the "make delete-old" step, which is
part of the official UPDATING instructions.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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