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PKG-REGISTER(8)         FreeBSD System Manager's Manual        PKG-REGISTER(8)

     pkg register - register a package into the local package database

     pkg register [-dlt] [-f plist-file] -m metadatadir -i input-path
     pkg register [-dlt] -M metadatafile

     pkg register [--{debug,legacy,test}] [--relocate location]
                  [--plist plist-file] --metadata metadatadir
                  --root input-path
     pkg register [--{debug,legacy,test}] [--relocate location]
                  --manifest metadatafile

     pkg register is used for registering a package into the local package

     pkg register assembles a full set of package metadata from various
     possible inputs, and writes the metadata into the package registry
     database.  This is one of the final steps when installing software from
     ports: the package files are installed into the filesystem, and then pkg
     register is called to record what was installed into the package

     pkg register can derive package metadata from a number of different

        The package manifest

        The metadata directory

        Direct analysis of files installed by the package

     The package manifest is a UCL format listing of package metadata.  It can
     contain all of the necessary metadata needed by the package, but the more
     usual approach is to provide selected items via the manifest, and fill in
     the rest, either from legacy files such as pkg-plist, +DESC, +DISPLAY or
     +MESSAGE which are optional and mostly located in the metadatadir given
     as the argument to the -m option.

     Other information about shared library requirements and the packages
     necessary to provide them may be obtained by direct analysis of the files
     installed by the package.  File checksums may be left blank in the input
     metadata: all checksums will be recalculated from the installed or staged
     files overwriting the input.  This is the mechanism currently used when
     installing software directly from the ports tree, as it provides
     reasonable backwards compatibility with the old style pkg_add(1) command.

     Reading in a complete and comprehensive manifest from one file is a
     simpler alternative, but requires all the metadata to have been assembled

     Direct analysis of the installed files can be suppressed by use of the -t
     option.  This is intended for testing the functionality of pkg(8) itself,
     and should not be routinely used.

     The following options are supported by pkg register:

     -A, --automatic
               Mark the package to be automatically removed if no other
               packages depend on it.  For more information please refer to

     -d, --debug
               Enable debugging output.

     -f plist-file, --plist plist-file
               Specifies a pkg-plist style packing list file.

     -i input-path, --root input-path
               Specifies the package input path or staging directory.

     -l, --legacy
               Tells pkg register to generate an old-style package registry
               entry in a sub-directory of $PKG_DBDIR rather than updating the
               local.sqlite database.

     -M manifest, --manifest manifest
               Specifies the package manifest file.  Use of this option means
               that the only file which will be used as a source of package
               metadata is the named manifest file.  The -M option is mutually
               exclusive with -m.

     -m metadatadir, --metadata metadatadir
               Specifies the metadata directory to use when registering the
               package.  This directory will hold the package manifest, and
               optionally may contain a number of other old-style metadata
               input files.  The -m option is mutually exclusive with -M.

     -t, --test
               Enable testing mode.  This allows pkg register to update the
               package database without performing any of the usual analyses
               of files installed by the package.  This option should only be
               used with caution, and preferably only for the intended purpose
               of performing regression tests on pkg(8) itself.

     --relocate location
               Annotates the package as having been relocated to location,
               which is an alternate system root.  This is an experimental
               feature and intended for cross-architecture package management.
               There is no corresponding single letter option.  (DEPRECATED)

     The following environment variables affect the execution of pkg register.
     See pkg.conf(5) for further description.


     See pkg.conf(5).

     pkg_printf(3), pkg_repos(3), pkg-repository(5), pkg.conf(5), pkg(8),
     pkg-add(8), pkg-annotate(8), pkg-audit(8), pkg-autoremove(8),
     pkg-backup(8), pkg-check(8), pkg-clean(8), pkg-config(8), pkg-convert(8),
     pkg-create(8), pkg-delete(8), pkg-fetch(8), pkg-info(8), pkg-install(8),
     pkg-lock(8), pkg-query(8), pkg-repo(8), pkg-rquery(8), pkg-search(8),
     pkg-set(8), pkg-shell(8), pkg-shlib(8), pkg-ssh(8), pkg-stats(8),
     pkg-update(8), pkg-updating(8), pkg-upgrade(8), pkg-version(8),

FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4        November 2, 2014        FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4
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