Error with PKG_INSTALL

Peter Elsner peter at
Tue May 6 13:19:49 PDT 2003

Looks like you forgot to run mergemaster...

man mergemaster


At 04:23 PM 5/6/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>I was happily using FreeBSD 4.6 Stable.  I had successfully installed 
>several ports and downloaded .tar(s) without any problems.
>I recently ran cvsup with src-all in the supfile and upgraded to FreeBSD 
>I did the proper steps to upgrade ..
>     make buildworld
>     make buildkernel ...
>     make installkernel ...
>     make installworld
>I updated my ports to the latest versions as well using cvsup.
>Now whenever I try to install any ports package I get the following error:
>pkg_create: only one package name allowed ('interface' extraneous)
>usage: pkg_create [-YNOhvy] [-P pkgs] [-p prefix] [-f contents] [-i iscript]
>                   [-I piscript] [-k dscript] [-K pdscript] [-r rscript]
>                   [-t template] [-X excludefile] [-D displayfile]
>                   [-m mtreefile] [-o origin] -c comment -d description
>                   -f packlist pkg-filename
>        pkg_create [-YNhvy] -b pkg-name [pkg-filename]
>*** Error code 1
>Stop in /usr/ports/security/p5-Authen-PAM.
>Looking at the Makefile:
>PORTNAME=       Authen-PAM
>CATEGORIES=     security perl5
>MAINTAINER=     des at
>COMMENT=        A Perl interface to the PAM library
>MAN3PREFIX=     ${PREFIX}/lib/perl5/${PERL_VERSION}
>MAN3=           Authen::FAQ.3 \
>                 Authen::PAM.3
>.include <>
>The "interface" comes from the COMMENT= line.  Note that this error 
>happens no matter what port I try to install.
>When I try to: make deinstall
>I get this error:
>===>  Deinstalling for p5-Authen-PAM-0.14
>pkg_delete: package 'p5-Authen-PAM-0.14' doesn't have a prefix
>*** Error code 1
>Stop in /usr/ports/security/p5-Authen-PAM.
>Again this error is the same for all ports.
>When I try to do pkg_info:
>nexus# pkg_info p5-Authen-PAM-0.14
>Information for p5-Authen-PAM-0.14:
>ERROR: show_file: Can't open '+COMMENT' for reading!
>ERROR: show_file: Can't open '+DESC' for reading!
>I tried to remake and reinstall the pkg_install located in 
>/usr/src/usr.sbin/pkg_install  but that had no effect.
>Has something drastic changed in 4.8, or am I missing something major?
>Please help.
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