Make index || portsdb -uU fails after cvsup

Garance A Drosihn drosih at
Sun May 9 17:18:03 PDT 2004

At 7:50 PM -0400 5/9/04, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
>At 4:19 PM -0700 5/9/04, Kris Kennaway wrote:
>>On Sun, May 09, 2004, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
>>>  OLDPWD=/usr/obj/usr/ports
>>The existence of /usr/obj/usr/ports seems to confuse ports.
>Ugh.  YES, that seems to be the culprit.  I thought I had gotten
>recently gotten rid of /usr/obj/usr/ports on all my systems, but
>I must have done something to bring them back.  I should have
>noticed that with the last DEBUG statement I had added.

Okay.  I now realize what happened.  I recently had one freebsd
machine fail with a disk problem, and had to shuffled around
machines and directories.  In doing that I managed to recreate
a /usr/obj/usr/ports on three of the machines (created Apr 28th,
the day that disk died...).

So on the one hand I'm sorry for all the fuss, but on the other
hand I really hate it that the ports collection is so fragile
that various things go haywire when that one directory exists.
It's not like I ever remember to look for that (and this is like
the third or fourth time that I have run into something like this).

I've just gone around to all my freebsd machines and removed
that directory, and rearranged a few things so I'll be much
less likely to recreate it in the future.  Hopefully that will
save me (and everyone else) from this grief in the future.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad at
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih at

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