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Date:      Mon, 06 Aug 2007 07:39:34 -0400
From:      "Arend P. van der Veen" <>
Subject:   Re: portsdb and cvsup
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Thanks for your story. The only reason we used -U was that we were not 
sure what they meant got special macros.  The man page for portsdb 
status that you only use -U if you have special macros in 
/etc/make.conf.  All we have in there is version information so I think 
that does not apply to use.

Thanks again,

Rakhesh Sasidharan wrote:
> On Sun, 5 Aug 2007, Arend P. van der Veen wrote:
>> The approach that I had been using was:
>> /usr/local/bin/cvsup  -L 0 /usr/sup/supfile
>> /usr/local/sbin/portsdb -Uu
>> This had worked great until the emacs22 update.  Now portsdb crashes 
>> due to the emacs entry in /etc/make.conf.  However, I see very little 
>> chatter on the lists about this.  I have started to wonder if the bulk 
>> of the community may be updating their ports differently.  Upon some 
>> limited research I found that I could use:
>> /usr/local/bin/cvsup  -L 0 /usr/sup/supfile
>> /usr/local/sbin/portsdb -Fu
>> This work fine for me.  I can then use tools such as pkg_version, 
>> pkg_delete, portinstall and portupgrade without any problems.
>> My open ended question is what does the rest of the community do to 
>> update their ports collection?
> I don't run portsdb at all. :)
> What I figured from the portsdb manpages is that if you don't run it 
> manually then it gets run upon using one of the portupgrade tools. I 
> don't mind the 30s or so delay that causes and so I don't run portsdb 
> manually.
> During my first few days with FreeBSD, however, I used to run ''portsdb 
> -Fu''. My understanding is that that would fetch the INDEX-6 and update 
> INDEX-6.db (since I am on FreeBSD 6.x) but I don't see why I should do 
> this coz the INDEX files are updated when I update the ports tree 
> anyways! (If I have understood this incorrectly, someone please correct 
> me).
> I tried ''portsdb -Uu'' just once. To see what it does. Took a long time 
> and so I never tried it again. From the manpage I understand that it 
> creates/ updates the INDEX files by running the ''make index'' command, 
> but the reasoning behind that didn't make sense to me ...
> So that's my story.
> Regards,
> Rakhesh

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