pkg_create: read_plist: unknown command

Garrett Cooper yanefbsd at
Wed Jun 2 07:02:24 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM, Michael Patrick
<michael at> wrote:
> Good evening folks
> This weekend a friend and I upgraded our server to FreeBSD 7.3 using a source upgrade.  The building and installing seemed to go well.  In general rebuilding of ports to use the new libraries is working with the exception of PHP 5.3.2 extensions.
> If we do, for example, portinstall php5-ftp (but not limited to just this extension) the extension DOES install but during the make step where it creates the /var/db/pkg entries it errors with
> pkg_create: read_plist: unknown command
> We've rebuilt ruby, the portupgrade tools, PHP itself, PHP's dependencies and still getting this error for the extensions.  From +CONTENTS I headed to looking at the .PLIST.mktmp file in $port/work. I see what I'm pretty sure is Bash (the shell) as the first part of the file and then what would be expected in the file.
> The .PLIST.mktmp file generates during the 'make generate-plist' step but I've been unable to determine exactly what that step is doing when dealing with a php extension.  I'm hoping someone here can point me toward what runs to generate that file for a php extension.

    Can you attach the offending plist please?

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