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

register-plistsmart diff and registration of packing-lists

register-plist [-n] [-s snapdir] dir [pkgname ...]

register-plist -p dir

register-plist -t p1 p2

register-plist is used to check that a packing-list for a given package name doesn't change. By default, it is invoked at the end of make package, see PACKAGE_REPOSITORY in Package names (package stem plus version) are used to uniquely identify packages. When something in the package changes, the package name should change, usually by increasing REVISION.

register-plist checks for a lot of details, including DESCR contents. Thus changes in MAINTAINER, hard and symlinks existence and values, comments, and other things, will trigger REVISION bumps).

Dependencies receive special treatment. Addition or deletion of dependencies should warrant a bump, but register-plist will also verify that dependencies go ‘forward’: namely it's okay for a @wantlib to go from to but not the other way around.

Starting with OpenBSD 6.6, @version bumps allow system-wide change to affect plists without triggering an error.

register-plist records a packing-list for each pkgname into the given directory dir. If no previous packing-list for the given pkgname exists, the packing-list is recorded. If a previous packing-list exists, register-plist compares both packing-list for discrepancies. Whenever something significant changes, register-plist will display a diff of the differences, and exit with an error.

Some items in the packing-list may change without actual problems. For instance, dependencies are allowed to go forward. On the other hand, some items like the package DESCR can't change at all. Since this is a generated file, porters often overlook that items such as the HOMEPAGE or the MAINTAINER's email address are embedded into that file, and thus that changing these requires a REVISION bump.

If option -n is specified, register-plist will do the exact same checks, but will not write any new packing-list.

If option -s snapdir is specified, register-plist will write the packing-list into a separate snapdir directory if there have been no errors (snapshot directory, to record all packing-lists from the current snapshot).

register-plist can also be invoked with -p and a dir. This will read the packing-list from standard input and check that it would register correctly into dir, as used by target check-register in

register-plist can also be invoked with -t and two packing-lists p1 p2 to directly compare those packing-lists.

June 10, 2020 OpenBSD-6.9