Ade Lovett ade at
Fri Jun 1 09:47:41 UTC 2007

On Jun 01, 2007, at 01:33 , Kris Kennaway wrote:
> Download the packages from the FTP site and either reinstall them or
> extract the +CONTENTS.  This will work best if you don't have local
> make.conf customizations, otherwise you will see variance.

Actually, this does bring up a meta-issue that ports, pkgsrc,  
portage, all suffer from.

What happens when the metadata gets blown away (by accident, hardware  
crash, flaming meteor from Mars, etc.)

Is there anything we can do to mitigate this?

Yes.  It's an open-ended question.  I also have no obvious solution.   
But I do see the need for such.


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