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Old 26th January 2009
adrian_m adrian_m is offline
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Default uninstall xorg libraries for a server

Hi all,

I have a freebsd 7.0 server, with various xorg libraries (i.e. libXrandr, libFS, libXaw, libXprintAppUtil, libxkbui, etc,. and many others) I do have WITHOUT_X11=yes in make.conf, not sure how all these got installed. I've checked a few of these libraries with "pkg_info -R" and many of them are not required by any other port. This server is a remote server and does not have a monitor, we only log into it via ssh.

Is it safe to just pkg_deinstall these ports? Is there a danger that something might break that prevents us from logging in remotely, or that it will not boot up completely at next restart (planning on 7.1 update, and kernel recompile)

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Old 26th January 2009
J65nko J65nko is offline
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I hope you read the fbsd-stable mailing list and understand the risk of upgrading from 7.0 to 7.1.

For example Big problems with 7.1 locking up :-( or FreeBSD 7.1 Breaks re and rl Network Interface Drivers.

I haven't used FreeBSD ports for some time, but I know that on OpenBSD many ports require the X libs to build/compile things.
Why remove those libs?, just to save a little disk space?
You don't need to be a genius to debug a pf.conf firewall ruleset, you just need the guts to run tcpdump
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