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Date:      Thu, 17 Aug 2000 09:53:15 +1200
From:      Jonathan Chen <>
To:        John Galt <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: your mail
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <>; from on Wed, Aug 16, 2000 at 11:47:16AM -0600
References:  <000001c006af$32f47960$798f6dcb@win98> <>

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On Wed, Aug 16, 2000 at 11:47:16AM -0600, John Galt wrote:
> I've started to learn to despair of the ports tree ever getting the source
> tarballs right (pine4-ssl, rsaref, ad nauseum).  You can get the
> canonical source from and drop it in /usr/ports/distfiles,
> sacrifice a chicken to the gods of MD5 checksums, and pray that the
> patches aren't to a dead version.

Had that problem for a long time. The trouble is that the ports change
*all* the time, and one can only guarantee that the latest snapshort
of the ports will work. Using cvsup to sync the latest ports skeleton
is the only way to go. It will solve 90% of all build-from-ports
Jonathan Chen <>
             "A person should be able to do a small bit of everything,
                                        specialisation is for insects"

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