ca_root_nss's pkg-message claims the following:
This package installs symlinks to support root certificates discovery by
default for software that uses OpenSSL.
This enables SSL Certificate Verification by client software without manual
If you prefer to do this manually, replace the following symlinks with
either an empty file or your site-local certificate bundle.
This appears to be mostly false: only one of those files is a symlink, the others are actual data (and not hardlinked either, all different inodes). Proof:
$ ls -li /etc/ssl/cert.pem /usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem /usr/local/openssl/cert.pem
1926146 lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 38 May 25 18:12 /etc/ssl/cert.pem -> /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
15168803 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 789991 May 25 18:12 /usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem
15168805 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 789991 May 25 18:12 /usr/local/openssl/cert.pem
And let's check out /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt for completion:
$ ls -li /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
15168667 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 789991 May 25 18:12 /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
And the md5s of all the literal files:
$ md5 /usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem /usr/local/openssl/cert.pem /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
MD5 (/usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem) = 2e98964306c1868bcabf06364514f216
MD5 (/usr/local/openssl/cert.pem) = 2e98964306c1868bcabf06364514f216
MD5 (/usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt) = 2e98964306c1868bcabf06364514f216
So: three (3) physical copies of the same file, and one symlink to one of those copies. Let's look further:
$ pkg info -l ca_root_nss
$ ls -l /usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem.sample /usr/local/openssl/cert.pem.sample
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 38 May 25 18:12 /usr/local/etc/ssl/cert.pem.sample -> /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 38 May 25 18:12 /usr/local/openssl/cert.pem.sample -> /usr/local/share/certs/ca-root-nss.crt
The .sample files are symlinks, but the non-.sample files aren't (sorry for the double negative).
Thus: either the message is wrong/incorrect, or something changed between when the message was written and present that removed use of symlinks and instead uses literal copies.
I reviewed the Makefile, target do-install, and all I see being done symlink-wise is for .sample files. I'm not even sure what's generating the non-.sample files...
what is the current status?
Does ports-secteam have to be active here?