Category Archives: FreeBSD ports collection

Coping with portupgrade’s inability to handle new dependencies

I grew tired of handholding portupgrade because of the latter’s inability to handle new dependencies. The script below is the result of my frustration. The script is available for downloading at http://ximalas.info/~trond/create-zfs/canmount/upgrade-outdated-ports.sh. Continue reading Coping with portupgrade’s inability to handle new dependencies

WITHOUT_NEW_XORG=yes → true

I’m probably not paying enough attention to new developments in FreeBSD after all. After updating the installed ports in my VMs running base/head and base/stable/10, X11 stopped working. It turns out the new version of X.org requires KMS and what not in the kernel. This doesn’t fare well with VMs running inside VirtualBox.

The solution? Place

WITHOUT_NEW_XORG=yes

in the /etc/make.conf file and recompile everything, or at least recompile everything belonging to the X.org subsystem. I opted for the former, spending roughly five hours recompiling 443 ports. :-/

The VMs running base/stable/8 and base/stable/9 hasn’t been affected yet, but I figured it’s best to play safe and I amended the aforementioned line in the /etc/make.conf file on those VMs.