Weird "make index" behaviour

Kris Kennaway kris at
Tue Feb 27 06:04:30 UTC 2007

On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 04:45:23PM +1100, Peter Jeremy wrote:
> I recently did a 'make index' on my amd64 system, after which 'portsdb -u'
> complained:
> /var/db/ports/INDEX-6:6529:lightning-xpi-_2: _2: Not in due form: '<version>[_<revision>][,<epoch>]'.
> Looking at deskutils/lightning-xpi/Makefile, it specifies:
>  ONLY_FOR_ARCHS= i386 sparc64
> and only sets ARCH_PORTVERSION on those architectures.
> Taken individually, it seems reasonable that:
> 1) 'portsdb -u' would require valid port names in the INDEX
> 2) ARCH_PORTVERSION is only defined on architectures where the port can
>    be built
> 3) The INDEX file is cross-architecture and so 'make index' ignores
> Unfortunately, taken all together, things break.
> The underlying problem is that lightning-xpi has different versions on
> i386 and sparc64 - which renders a common INDEX file impossible.

There are actually a number of these problems, it's actually not
always possible to uniformize because sometimes a port will build a
different upstream version of the software (e.g. ezm3 on amd64).

> My temporary work-around was to define ARCH_PORTVERSION anyway so portsdb
> is happy.  A real fix would be nice.

Yes, since the INDEX will still include ports that are excluded by
ONLY_FOR_ARCHS it needs to at least return a dummy value in this case.

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