FreeBSD ports: 1 unfetchable distfiles: math/mpexpr

chein chein at GeekDude.Com
Fri Nov 7 10:53:03 PST 2003

This is the only site that has the distfile that I know of.
Sometimes they are down.
It seems to be working again today.

chein-bsd# make extract
 >> mpexpr-1.0.tar.gz doesn't seem to exist in /usr/ports/distfiles/.
 >> Attempting to fetch from
Receiving mpexpr-1.0.tar.gz (216954 bytes): 100%
216954 bytes transferred in 1.4 seconds (146.74 kBps)
===>  Extracting for mpexpr-1.0
 >> Checksum OK for mpexpr-1.0.tar.gz.
chein-bsd# date
Fri Nov  7 10:49:43 PST 2003


Bill distfiles Fenner wrote:

>Dear geekdude at,
>	You are listed as the FreeBSD port maintainer for 1 port
>whose distfiles [or main web pages] are not fetchable from their
>MASTER_SITES.  Could you please visit
>and correct the problems listed there?  The individual port with
>a problem is math/mpexpr.
>	Note that the main port web page, as listed in the WWW: line
>of the pkg-descr, is checked just as though it was a port distfile.
>This is an unfortunate side effect of the architecture of the distfile
>survey reporting tool, but if you see a distfile being reported as
>not fetchable that's not actually a distfile, see if it's from the
>	If you have already corrected the problems and submitted a
>PR, please accept my thanks and apologies for the delay in getting the
>fixes into the tree.  This reminder is created automatically and does
>not (yet) have a way to know if a PR fixing the problem has been
>submitted.  Please do *NOT* send your response to me directly; I do
>not always have time to commit your fix; please instead submit a PR
>via 'send-pr' so it doesn't get lost.
>	Problems are usually of two types:
>1. The software package has been upgraded and the version in the
>port has been removed.  The best solution to this problem is to
>upgrade the port to the most current version of the software package.
>If you are a FreeBSD committer, then you can just upgrade the port
>directly.  If not, you should create the updated port on your own machine,
>test it (and maybe even run "portlint" on it), and then use "send-pr"
>to submit a "diff -uNr old-port updated-port".  If you added or deleted
>any files, please make an explicit note of it.
>2. The mirror site being used no longer contains the software package
>in question, or no longer exists.  Solutions include:
>	a) If there are other mirror sites, just remove the bad site
>	from the list.  (Make sure that what appears to be a bad site
>	isn't actually a problem of type 1, upgrade)
>	b) If the README or other support files in the software
>	documentation mention where to get the software package,
>	use one of those sites.
>	c) Use ftpsearch ( or other
>	search engines to find another place to get the original
>	DISTFILES.  Make sure that you don't pick a FreeBSD distfiles
>	mirror -- if you can't find any other places where the file
>	exists, it can be a LOCAL_PORT or you can simply comment out
>	the MASTER_SITES= line, with a comment explaining why.
>Once you have a solution, use "send-pr" to submit a "diff -u" of the
>	Note that this isn't an urgent issue, as people who try to
>build the port now will just fall back to the FreeBSD distfiles mirror.
>Please just put it on your list to do and get to it when you have time.
>These messages will continue to arrive twice a month until the fix is
>committed, as a reminder.
>  Bill "distfiles" Fenner.

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