index generation error

Mark Linimon linimon at
Wed Apr 13 22:24:25 PDT 2005

On Thu, 14 Apr 2005, Joel Hatton wrote:

> I've had an index generation error for a couple of days. I'm running
> the standard supfile for ports, and cvsup'ing from a local mirror.

If that's the case, you almost surely want to run 'make fetchindex'
which will fetch a copy of /usr/ports/INDEX that will reflect the
latest metadata for ports.  It is continually updated.

Since we went to that technology a few months ago, it obviated the
need for most people to build their own copies of INDEX.  (Exceptions
include people that use non-default site options that change the
dependencies, and sites that refuse any port or category.)

There is a little bit of cvsup magic that is (or was) necessary to
avoid the INDEX file automatically being deleted on updates.  Please
see /usr/ports/UPDATING for more information about all of this.


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