Makeing fetchindex really mirror INDEX

Ion-Mihai Tetcu itetcu at
Mon Jan 10 09:09:14 PST 2005

On Sun, 9 Jan 2005 18:59:48 +0100
Alexander Leidinger <Alexander at> wrote:

>  At the time I wrote the first implementation of "fetchindex" it was
>  supposed to be run at the time as "update". So the PORTSDIR has to be
>  writable (except I've overlooked something). If this hasn't changed,
>  there's no need for .CURDIR.

I would be extremely happy if we could have the INDEX-* file and all
associated things be able to use some other dir that PORTSDIR. This way
I could export /usr/ports over NFS and be able to build the INDEX
locally on each client. Is this already possible and I am missing it ?

Port tools already support this (e.g. portupgrade's PORTS_INDEX).

And a quick grep on ports/Mk/bsd.*.mk suggest that something like this
would be enough:



And some of ports/Tools/* would have to be modified also.

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