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Resolving portmaster error "pkg-static: automake-1.16.1 conflicts with automake-wrapper-20131203"

Posted June 15, 2018 by shaun

It looks like automake-wrapper-20131203 has been replaced with automake-1.16.1 in the FreeBSD 11.1 ports tree. Unfortunately, portmaster is stumbling over the change and failing with an error. If you're receiving the output below, scroll down for the fix:


[root@host /tmp]# portmaster -avw
===>>> Sorting ports by category
===>>> Gathering distinfo list for installed ports

===>>> Starting check of installed ports for available updates

===>>> Root ports: 18
===>>> automake-wrapper-20131203

        ===>>> The devel/automake-wrapper port moved to devel/automake
        ===>>> Reason: No longer needed

===>>> Launching child to update automake-wrapper-20131203 to automake-1.16.1

===>>> All >> automake-wrapper-20131203 (1/1)

        ===>>> The devel/automake-wrapper port moved to devel/automake
        ===>>> Reason: No longer needed

===>>> Currently installed version: automake-wrapper-20131203
===>>> Port directory: /usr/ports/devel/automake

[...snip checking all installed ports...]

===>>> All >> (1)

===>>> The following actions will be taken if you choose to proceed:
        Downgrade automake-wrapper-20131203 to automake-1.16.1

===>>> Proceed? y/n [y] y

===>>> Starting build for ports that need updating <<<===

===>>> Launching child to install devel/automake

===>>> All >> devel/automake (1/1)

===>>> Port directory: /usr/ports/devel/automake

===>>> Starting check for build dependencies
===>>> Gathering dependency list for devel/automake from ports
===>>> Starting dependency check
===>>> Checking dependency: devel/autoconf
===>>> Checking dependency: lang/perl5.24
===>>> Checking dependency: ports-mgmt/pkg
===>>> Checking dependency: print/texinfo
===>>> Dependency check complete for devel/automake

[...snip compiler output...]

===>>> All >> devel/automake (1/1)

===>  Installing for automake-1.16.1
===>  Checking if automake already installed
===>   Registering installation for automake-1.16.1 as automatic
Installing automake-1.16.1...
pkg-static: automake-1.16.1 conflicts with automake-wrapper-20131203 (installs files into the same place).
Problematic file: /usr/local/bin/aclocal
*** Error code 70

Stop.
make: stopped in /usr/ports/devel/automake

===>>> Installation of automake-1.16.1 (devel/automake) failed
===>>> Aborting update

===>>> Update for devel/automake failed
===>>> Aborting update

Resolutions

The snag appears to be that because /usr/ports/devel/automake-wrapper was deleted from the ports tree, portmaster can't cleanly deinstall automake-wrapper to replace it with plain old automake. There are multiple ways to address this.

Fix it using portmaster...

I initially posted the manual steps (below), but a reader contributed an easier fix using portmaster's -o flag:

[root@host /tmp]# portmaster -o devel/automake devel/automake-wrapper

This tells portmaster that the origin of the port has changed to a different directory, without having to force the issue.

...Or fix it manually

An alternate solution is to manually remove the automake-wrapper port and then manually install the automake port:

[root@host /tmp]# pkg info | grep automake
automake-wrapper-20131203      Wrapper script for GNU automake
[root@host /tmp]# pkg delete automake-wrapper-20131203
Updating database digests format: 100%
Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting)
Deinstallation has been requested for the following 1 packages (of 0 packages in the universe):

Installed packages to be REMOVED:
        automake-wrapper-20131203

Number of packages to be removed: 1

Proceed with deinstalling packages? [y/N]: y
[1/1] Deinstalling automake-wrapper-20131203...
[1/1] Deleting files for automake-wrapper-20131203: 100%
[root@host /tmp]# cd /usr/ports/devel/automake
[root@host /usr/ports/devel/automake]# make install
===>  Installing for automake-1.16.1
===>  Checking if automake already installed
===>   Registering installation for automake-1.16.1
Installing automake-1.16.1...

Because portmaster had already built automake earlier, there's no compiler output here and the installation happens right away.

Verify the fix

Now let's check to make sure portmaster knows that automake is installed and up-to-date.

[root@host /usr/ports/devel/automake]# portmaster -avw | grep automake
===>>> automake-1.16.1

This single line of output is a good sign: portmaster recognizes automake, and isn't generating any more errors about it.


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