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Date:      Fri, 04 Aug 2006 19:21:01 -0700
From:      Colin Percival <>
To:        Gary Newcombe <>
Subject:   Re: portsnap oddities
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c6b830$80213a00$1f01a8c0@tosh>
References:  <000001c6b830$80213a00$1f01a8c0@tosh>

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Gary Newcombe wrote:
> I'm getting the following error when I use portsnap lately on one of my
> servers:
> [snip]
> Fetching 2 new ports or files...
> gunzip: stdin: not in gzip format
> snapshot is corrupt.
> I have now removed /var/db/portsnap and started from scratch 3 times. This
> fixes the problem, but a few days later, I get the same story. I haven't had
> any problems on any of the other servers (although they have older kernels),
> so I'm guessing this could be a problem with portsnap from this kernel build
> or it's related to something else.

First, the obvious thing to check: Are you running out of disk space on /var ?

Second, please run 'portsnap --debug fetch' and send me the output; this will
give me a chance of identifying the problem.

Colin Percival

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