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UPDATE-PLIST(1) General Commands Manual UPDATE-PLIST(1)

update-plistcreate or update packing-list(s) for a given port


update-plist [-Fmnqrvx] [-C dir] [-c var] [-E ext] [-e ext] [-I var] [-i var] [-j jobs] [-S var] [-s var] [-X path] [-w suffix] -- pkg_create_args ...

update-plist is a helper script for the target update-plist in

Along with options and environment variables, update-plist uses the exact same options and arguments that would be passed to pkg_create(1). Since pkg_create(1) normally takes one single actual pkgname, there is no ambiguity in MULTI_PACKAGES situations.

The first set of arguments correspond to the ‘default package’.

If PORTS_PRIVSEP is in effect, update-plist is run as root, but will switch back to FAKE_TREE_OWNER for scanning the installation directory and to PORTS_TREE_OWNER for writing packing-lists.

update-plist may need to know the PORTSDIR location in order to scan dependencies to trim common directories.

The options are as follows:

Use a cache directory dir for scanning dependencies. Beware that this directory should then be cleaned manually if the dependencies's packing-lists change. But this will speed up packing-list regeneration for ports with lots of dependencies significantly.
Variable var may be used as a way to insert @comment when other variables vanish.
Write new files with ext extension instead of the default .new.
Preserve old files as ext extension instead of the default .orig.
Do not try to run pkg_locate(1).
Variable var may expand to nothing, in which case the variable from -c var can be used to prevent duplicate entries.
Ignore variable var for new substitutions. Only existing substitutions will be considered for the new lists.
Use jobs concurrent pkg_locate(1) pipes. Default is ‘hw.ncpuonline’.
Do not move the final packing-lists in position. Instead, leave the <file>.new files for comparison.
Quiet mode. Do not display status progress messages. Note that this is not the opposite of verbose mode.
Run the fake directory scan as root.
Consider variable for substitution only at the end of paths, e.g., for suffixes like .pyc or .pyo.
Consider variable for substitution only at start of paths, e.g., for directories like /etc/rc.d or /usr/local.
Verbose mode. Explain about directories stripped from dependencies. Note that this is not the opposite of quiet mode.
Warn about suffixes such as .orig that (usually) should not end into packing-lists.
Exclude file at absolute path from the information recorded in the packing-list.

update-plist assumes all multi-packages live under the same installation directory (pkg_create(1)'s -B option), and it will scan all paths under that directory and dispatch them into corresponding subpackages, using the following heuristics:

As far as possible, everything that looks like actual files will be sorted in alphabetical order, after variable substitutions.

update-plist will warn for a lot of conditions, such as pre-formatted manpages, or files ending in pre-patch suffixes. Adding a @comment intentional<reason> will silence the warning. For instance:

@man man/ja_JP.EUC/cat1/kakasi.0
@comment intentional: mandoc does't handle this locale

update-plist will also scan dependencies, in order to strip common directories.

If the pkglocatedb package is installed, update-plist will make use of it and report unregistered conflicts. This can be disabled with -F as it is time-consuming.

Most SUBST_VARS variables will be back-substituted into the regenerated packing-lists, starting from the longest variable values. update-plist tries to keep existing substitutions. It does not add new substitutions on BASE_PKGPATH and BUILD_PKGPATH, it does only substitute FULLPKGNAME in share/doc/pkg-readmes and it currently does not add new substitutions for ARCH nor MACHINE_ARCH.

Some packages (notoriously Python packages) create some directories optionally based on flavors. Options -c and -I can be used to avoid duplicate directory definitions.

Specifically, a generated packing-list would contain

which expands to
for python3, which is fine.

But for python2, variable ‘MODPY_PYCACHE’ will be empty, resulting in

thus a duplicate directory, pkg_create(1) won't be happy.

Using UPDATE_PLIST_ARGS = -c MODPY_COMMENT -I MODPY_PYCACHE will result in injecting ‘${MODPY_COMMENT}’ wherever update-plist finds a duplicate directory by replacing ‘${MODPY_PYCACHE}’ with nothing.

This yields

and for python2 this expands to
@comment lib/python2.7/site-packages/bpdb/
which is exactly what we want.

Specific items such as shared libraries or binaries will gain annotations and special handling, for instance LIBlibname_VERSION.

Existing packing-lists are scanned for non-file entries, such as newuser, mode, or exec markers. Those will be inserted into the updated packing-lists at the most likely position.

update-plist will first write files as <file>.new, then it will display which files are new and which files have changed. If old packing-lists already exist, it will move old packing lists into <file>.orig unless these already exist, then move the new files into position.

pkg_add(1), pkg_create(1),

update-plist might be the most complicated piece of the ports infrastructure. There will always be cases that require manual intervention. Since fake is now run as non-root, update-plist can't figure out users and groups for new files, so these should be considered carefully.

August 8, 2019 OpenBSD-6.8