Error running cvsup and portsdb

Kjell B. homebell at
Sat Mar 12 12:08:23 PST 2005

I have tried to run 'cvsup -h ports-supfile' 
followed by 'portsdb -uU' a number of times today. They've all failed with:

Updating the ports index ... Generating INDEX.tmp - please wait..make: 
don't know how to make describe. Stop
===> multimedia/nautilus-media failed
*** Error code 1
1 error

Before reporting this error, verify that you are running a supported
version of FreeBSD (see and that you
have a complete and up-to-date ports collection.  (INDEX builds are
not supported with partial or out-of-date ports collections -- in
particular, if you are using cvsup, you must cvsup the "ports-all"
collection, and have no "refuse" files.)  If that is the case, then
report the failure to ports at together with relevant
details of your ports configuration (including FreeBSD version,
your architecture, your environment, and your /etc/make.conf
settings, especially compiler flags and WITH/WITHOUT settings).

Note: the latest pre-generated version of INDEX may be fetched
automatically with "make fetchindex".

*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports.
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports.
failed to generate INDEX!
portsdb: index generation error

uname -a:
FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE-p2 FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE-p2 #0: 
Mon Oct 18 21:48:34 CEST 2004 
homebell at  i386

CFLAGS= -O -pipe
# added by use.perl 2005-02-02 22:33:28

I have ports-all set in my ports-supfile. No refuse file. In fact, no 
changes at all since the previous successful cvsup. It was successful 
just a couple of days ago.


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