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Old 11th September 2017
gustaf gustaf is offline
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Default "Remember to update /var/db/xmlcatalog" message?

For some time, I've been looking for the meaning of the "Remember to update /var/db/xmlcatalog" message that comes up after every upgrade. There doesn't seem to be any information anywhere about this message.

I just found the same question on the OpenBSD newbie mailing list and looked at the link in the post. This catalog has something to do with Gnome, but the page doesn't say anything about updating it.

Here is the entire contents of mine:

less /var/db/xmlcatalog

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE catalog PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD Entity Resolution XML Catalog V1.0//EN" "http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/entity/release/1.0/catalog.dtd">
<catalog xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:entity:xmlns:xml:catalog"/>
Does anybody here know what this message means? Is it important? How does one go about updating this catalog?
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Old 11th September 2017
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This is a file packaged with libxml. Specifically noted as an "@extra" file in the port's packing list (/usr/ports/textproc/libxml/pkg/PLIST-main).

The pkg_create(1) man page defines an @extra file as:
     @extra filename
             Declare extra file filename to be deleted at deinstall time, if
             user sets the -c option.  Those files are extra configuration
             files that are normally not deleted.  filename can be an absolute
             path.  If filename ends with a slash, it is a directory.
An upgrade won't delete or revise any configuration or data files.
  • If you have made any manual configuration changes to this file, you will need to review the application for any changes and manually update as needed.
  • If you have not made any changes to this file, you may ignore the message.

Last edited by jggimi; 11th September 2017 at 10:34 AM. Reason: added the two bullets at the bottom of the post, and clarified
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Old 11th September 2017
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From the pkg_delete(1) man page:

 -c      Delete extra configuration file, mentioned as
                   @extra file
         in the packing-list.
I thought all these configuration files were in /etc. Thanks for the clarification.
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