Ports via svn, make fetchindex and make compatibility with NetBSD

RW rwmaillists at googlemail.com
Tue Dec 3 13:18:28 UTC 2013

On Tue, 3 Dec 2013 04:41:17 -0800 (PST)
Thomas Mueller wrote:

> Is it necessary to make fetchindex after downloading or updating the
> ports tree using svn?

Not absolutely, it's needed for portupgrade, port searches, and a number
of utilities use it for speeding various things up.

> I have new installations of head and 10-stable where I so far can't
> connect to the Internet, though I can from Linux and NetBSD-current
> amd64.
> So I use subversion, built on NetBSD from pkgsrc, to checkout and
> update ports tree as well as system source tree.
> But I believe I can't run "make fetchindex" without Internet
> connection.

You can run "make index" instead, it takes about 3 minutes on my

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