pkg_create: read_plist: unknown command

Michael Patrick michael at
Wed Jun 2 10:52:41 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:02:19AM -0700, Garrett Cooper wrote:
> 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?
> Thanks,
> -Garrett

Good morning Garrett

Here is a link to a zip file containing two samples of the screwy .PLIST.mktmp (one from php5-curl, one from php5-ctype).
(its 640KB or so.. figured folks would be happier with a link than an attach)


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