Missing INDEX file in Ports

Michael Johnson buhnux at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 02:53:32 PST 2005

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On Jan 28, 2005, at 5:36 AM, Michael C. Shultz wrote:

> On Friday 28 January 2005 12:39 am, Michael Johnson wrote:
>> On Jan 28, 2005, at 3:28 AM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Kent Stewart [mailto:kstewart at owt.com]
>>>> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:34 PM
>>>> To: Ted Mittelstaedt
>>>> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>>>> Subject: Re: Missing INDEX file in Ports
>>>> On Thursday 27 January 2005 11:30 pm, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>>>>>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Kent
>>>>>> Stewart Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:19 PM
>>>>>> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>>>>>> Cc: Ted Mittelstaedt
>>>>>> Subject: Re: Missing INDEX file in Ports
>>>>>> On Thursday 27 January 2005 11:00 pm, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>>>>   Has anyone seen this before, I just installed 4.11 and in
>>>>>>> /usr/ports typed make search key="ghostscript" and the machine
>>>>>>> went away for a couple hours to generate an INDEX file.  (this
>>>>>>> is a P75, unfortunately)
>>>>>>>   Has anyone else noticed the INDEX file is missing in the
>>>>>>> 4.11-RELEASE ports directory?
>>>>>> If you cvsup ports-all, INDEX[-56] is deleted. You want to
>>>>>> cd /usr/ports
>>>>>> make fetchindex
>>>>>> The fetch of a compressed file is much faster than generating it
>>>>>> :).
>>>>> Even faster would have been for it to be on the same CDROM that
>>>>> the rest of the ports directories were copied from.
>>>> You would have to go to the cvsweb.cgi attic to find out how
>>>> many months
>>>> it has been removed from ports.
>>> Do you really think I care how long it's been removed?
>>> Your missing the point.  INDEX is supposed to be in the RELEASES
>>> on the CDROMs because the CD's are supposed to be self-contained,
>>> ie: you should not require an Internet connection to get a complete
>>> install.  Otherwise there's no point in even bothering to release
>>> the CDROMS in the first place.
>>> INDEX isn't in SNAPS and such because it makes no sense generating
>>> it for a ports tree that's open for committing since new ports
>>> could be added at any time.  However the ports tree on the CDROM is
>>> static, not dynamic.
>>> Please note the following:
>>> http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.11R/schedule.html
>> Yeah, I totally agree, INDEX should be included in ports.tar.gz for
>> at least RELEASES.
>> Michael
> Won't "make index" work on the release CDs? Maybe they needed the space
> for something else?

yeah, but including it would be easier for alot of people. Especially 
people who
are using a slower computer.

> -Mike
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