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pkgng - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q: Is there an equivalent for pkg-orphan/pkg_cutleaves with pkgng?

pkg autoremove is what you are looking for.

Q: How pkgng is different from the FreeBSD pkg_* tools? What is the motivation behind pkgng?

The README should explain all of that :)

Q: How pkgng is different from PC-BSD PBI packages?

PBI are flat/complete packages, where pkgng do package ports as there are.

Q: What is the difference between pkg delete -y and pkg delete -f?

By default pkgng will ask before doing something, -y == yes means yes do it. But if a package it depends on it will fail saying it is depend on, -f == force means that delete it anyway.

Q: Where is pkg info -R, the old pkg_info had -R?

New flags are: pkg info -d for depends on, and pkg info -r for reverse dependencies.

Q: Can pkgng replace a package with an another version, e.g. pkg upgrade pkg-1.0 pkg-2.0?

Currently not, but it is in the todo list.

Q: How pkgng deals with dependencies? If pkgA-1.0 depends on pkgB-1.0 and pkgB-1.0 is updated to pkgB-2.0, will pkgA notice the change?

Yes, pkgA will automatically notice the change.

Q: The repository format of pkgng is different from the old one. Will pkgng adapt the old format too?

The documented (README) way to create a new repository creates all packages in one directory.

This is different from earlier repository format, which creates it in separate directories.

Pkgng doesn not depend on a hierarchy, it recursively finds the packages from the provided directory entry.

Q: Does pkg repo include symlinked packages?

The default hierarchy has lots of symlinks which should just be ignored and thus pkgng doesn not read symlinks.

Q: How do I know if I have packages with the same origin?

Here is how to do that:

sh -c 'find . -name "*.txz" -exec pkg query -f {} %o \;' | sort | uniq -d

Q: How to start working with multi-repos in pkgng?

Please refer to the README, which explains how to enable and get started with multi-repos in pkgng.

Q: Why pkg create is slow?

The number one reason is the XZ compression, which is slow.

Q: Does pkgng work with portaudit?

No, pkgng uses internal pkg audit command.

Q: When will pkgng be the default package manager of FreeBSD?

Possibly in version 9.1.

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