searching ports doesn work

Tim Holmes tim at
Sun Aug 21 02:40:57 GMT 2005

 I think you did what I did.  and it does take a while.  There's a
 much easier and faster way to do this if you're online.  I wasn't
 at the time, so I had to build it manually.

 When you do the make search key"blah" and there isn't a /usr/ports/INDEX5
 it builds one.  I ~think~ it basically looks at all packages finds out info
 about it, and then builds the index.  However if you download it, it's faster.

 make fetchindex

 Do that in /usr/ports and it will download the INDEX5, put it in /usr/ports
 and now when you type make seach key="blah" it will have that to search.

 I think it took my PII 400 36 hours to build it's INDEX5.  Poor machine.


| Hi folks,
| well, I have just installed freebsd 4.11 . Then, I read through the
| freebsd handbook.
| the siete above explains how to search for ports. So, I went to
| /usr/ports and did make search lsof
| I get a notcie that says something of generating INDEX, please
| wait.....
| And I waited, and well. After 3 cups of coffee I
| had 2 problems. First, I was toxicated with coffee *G* and my little
| bsd still said:...Pleas wait.
| running top showed me that the shell running make was waiting
| ...............but waiting for what?
| Well, I then kille the process and tried again, without any luck.
| Can anyone help me with this issue? I would like to know, why this
| does not work or what I maybe did wrong.
| -- 
| Thank you
| Marcel Lautenbach
| mailto:jeansen at
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