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Date:      10 Sep 2011 15:12:19 -0000
From:      Scott Ballantyne <>
To:        Matthew Seaman <>
Subject:   Re: portmaster -r libnotify-0 problems
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> (message from Matthew Seaman on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 21:30:26 +0100)
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Hi Mathew,

> On 09/09/2011 15:13, Scott Ballantyne wrote:
> > I've been trying to update libnotify and libproxy following the
> > instructions in UPDATING, which is to do
> > 
> > portmaster -r libnotify-0
> > 
> > This trys to install ghostscript9, and fails. Apparently ghostscript9
> > conflicts with ghostscript8-8.71_6, which presumably is the reason for
> > the failure.
> > 
> > Could someone help me resolve this? The obvious solution of pkg_delete
> > ghostscript8-8.71_6 doesn't work, because too many installed ports
> > depend on ghostscript8-8.71_6.
> There are two approaches you might take here.  Either
>    * replace ghostscript8 with ghostscript9
> or
>    * work out why libnotify triggers a dependency on ghostscript9
>      and try and make it use ghostscript8 (or nothing) instead.
> The first is a relatively mechanical process, which should work fine
> from the point of view of doing all the port wrangling, but might result
> in further ghostscript8 vs ghostscript9 problems down the line.
> Just run:
>     # portmaster -o print/ghostscript9 ghostscript8-
> That will change the dependency settings in your /var/db/pkg directory,
> which may or may not be appropriate for all ghostscript dependent ports,
> and indeed some may not work at all.  (Although I rather doubt the
> simply not-working thing: functionality between those versions hasn't
> changed much at all.)
> The second is a more satisfying fix.  Lets see... Try defining
> in /etc/make.conf  (the default is 9 nowadays) -- then try reinstalling
> libnotify according to the instructions in UPDATING.
> Read /usr/ports/Mk/ for the details -- search for GHOSTSCRIPT
> to find the relevant bits.

Thanks so much, I am in your debt. However, I also feel that I am in
maze of twisty little passages, all different.  The next step here is
to portmaster -r libproxy-0, where I get:

===>>> Currently installed version: libproxy-0.4.6
===>>> Port directory: /usr/ports/net/libproxy

===>>> Gathering distinfo list for installed ports

===>>> Launching 'make checksum' for net/libproxy in background
===>>> Gathering dependency list for net/libproxy from ports
===>>> Initial dependency check complete for net/libproxy

===>>> Checking ports that depend on libproxy-0.4.6

===>>> Launching child to reinstall alacarte-0.13.2_1
	libproxy-0.4.6 >> alacarte-0.13.2_1

===>>> Port directory: /usr/ports/deskutils/alacarte

===>>> No DISTINFO_FILE in /usr/ports/x11-themes/gnome-art
===>>> Aborting update


===>>> Update for alacarte-0.13.2_1 failed
===>>> Aborting update

gnome-art is peculiar. There is nothing in that directory but the work
directory, no makefile or anything. And nothing I can find in UPDATE
about alacarte or gnome-art.

Any further thoughts, if you have time?

Thanks again,

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