Error in INDEX file

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at
Sun Mar 4 19:50:26 UTC 2012

On Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:33:44 -0600
"Conrad J. Sabatier" <conrads at> wrote:

> While investigating the cause of sudden crashes this morning in
> mkreadmes, I discovered that my INDEX-10 file has the following as its
> first line:
> make: don't know how to make describe(continuing)||||||||||
> Is anyone else seeing the same?  Is there a general problem with index
> file creation at this time?  Does anyone have a clue as to where the
> root of the problem may be?

Nevermind.  Apparently, some error occurred during a CVS update of my
ports tree, and ports-mgmt/porttools wound up with an empty Makefile,
generating the above error message, which wound up in my INDEX-10 file
because of the way I was invoking "make index" in my nightly ports
maintenance cron job.

Still, it did point up a need for more robustness in mkreadmes,
so I suppose it was a fortuitous mistake.  :-)

Conrad J. Sabatier
conrads at

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