Have you ran into problems after Homebrew upgrade?
If you are a Homebrew user on Mac OS X, you might have faced problems after starting a Homebrew upgrade.
If you could review the upgrade log, you might find what went wrong and which configuration and commands you still need to do to get everything working again.
But what if you could not review the brew upgrade log? disaster?
No… Brew keeps these installation information and instructions in a section called Caveats in each of the installed packages… So the solution here is to look for the Caveat section in the info of each of the installed packages using
brew info like this:
$ brew info postgresql postgresql: stable 12.1 (bottled), HEAD Object-relational database system https://www.postgresql.org/ /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/12.1 (3,217 files, 37.7MB) * Poured from bottle on 2019-11-24 at 19:48:53 From: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core/blob/master/Formula/postgresql.rb ==> Dependencies Build: pkg-config ✔ Required: icu4c ✔, krb5 ✘, firstname.lastname@example.org ✔, readline ✔ ==> Options --HEAD Install HEAD version ==> Caveats To migrate existing data from a previous major version of PostgreSQL run: brew postgresql-upgrade-database To have launchd start postgresql now and restart at login: brew services start postgresql Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run: pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres start ==> Analytics install: 63,955 (30 days), 214,120 (90 days), 996,250 (365 days) install-on-request: 59,182 (30 days), 197,774 (90 days), 913,033 (365 days) build-error: 0 (30 days)
The Caveat section marked by
==> Caveats contains the information that you are seeking.
Repeating that for all installed packages will take a lot of manual unnecessary work, and you will have to look at tons of text that is not relevant to your use case.
This bash command mentioned on this thread on stackoverflow.com. helps:
$ brew info postgresql | sed '/==> Caveats/,/==>/!d;//d' brew info postgresql | sed '/==> Caveats/,/==>/!d;//d' To migrate existing data from a previous major version of PostgreSQL run: brew postgresql-upgrade-database To have launchd start postgresql now and restart at login: brew services start postgresql Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run: pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres start
It simply takes the output of
brew info postgresql and then looks for the
==> Caveat using the
sed command, truncating all unnecessary additional information.
Now if we combine it with the command
brew list to retrieve the list of packages and passed the result to
brew info like this:
$ brew info $(brew list) | sed '/==> Caveats/,/==>/!d;//d'
Will output all caveat sections of all installed packages if the caveat section existed.
To install the tool, either install manually or use brew to tap into the repository using the following commands:
$ brew tap rafaelgarrido/homebrew-caveats
Then the following command to install the homebrew-caveats package
$ brew install homebrew-caveats
Now you can use the tool like this:
$ brew caveats postgresql
That’s it. I hope this short How-To guide help.