[talk] Why am I no longer able to install FreeBSD packages?
george at ceetonetechnology.com
Tue Apr 10 09:38:50 EDT 2018
On 04/10/18 09:27, James E Keenan wrote:
> Since October 2016 I have run FreeBSD-11.0 in a VMWare VM (currently,
> VMWare Workstation 14 Player). Broadly speaking, I've used this almost
> entirely for QA purposes for Perl 5. I've gotten comfortable installing
> packages, mainly via 'pkg' but sometimes via 'make install' in the ports
> tree. And since Brian Callahan's talk at NYCBUG in January I've had
> ports accepted in both FreeBSD and OpenBSD.*
> But in the last week, whenever I try to use 'pkg' to install libraries
> on FreeBSD, I am likely to get a message like this:
> $ sudo pkg install shared-mime-info
> Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
> Fetching meta.txz: 100% 944 B 0.9kB/s 00:01
> Fetching packagesite.txz: 100% 6 MiB 3.2MB/s 00:02
> Processing entries: 0%
> pkg: Newer FreeBSD version for package libxfce4util:
> - package: 1101001
> - running kernel: 1100122
> pkg: repository FreeBSD contains packages for wrong OS version:
> Processing entries: 100%
> Unable to update repository FreeBSD
> Error updating repositories!
> Now, I have the feeling that this is related to the age of my version of
> FreeBSD.** I have spent hours doing internet searches on these message,
> have called 'pkg clear -a' repeatedly as per the results of those
> searches yet still experienced this problem. But I confess I do not
> understand FreeBSD's release cycle at all. So here are my questions:
> * What exactly is "wrong" about my OS?
freebsd-update -r 11.1
Probably since 11.0 Release is done?
> * Did that "wrong" status come into being on some specific date (e.g.,
> April 1)?
> * What configuration files on my system do I need to examine to get data
> on this situation?
> * Can I change those configuration files to say, in effect, "Don't worry
> about 11.1 ports; continue to direct me to 11.0 ports"?
> * If not, is my FreeBSD-11.0 installation now basically hopeless when it
> comes to installing packages?
> * If that is the case, can I upgrade to 11.1 within the VM -- and what
> risks would that entail?
> $ uname -mrs
> FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1 amd64
> *Sadly, my OpenBSD VM crashed several weeks ago, so for now I'm focusing
> on FreeBSD.
> **Prior to Brian's talk in January, I had an OpenBSD-5.9 VM. I tried to
> obtain the ports tree for that and found that it had been removed from
> the Internet. I was told that OpenBSD only maintains the tree for two
> versions (then 6.1 and 6.2) at any point in time. Does something
> similar pertain for FreeBSD?
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