Various package/ports problems

Gerard Seibert gerard at
Mon Aug 28 20:30:08 UTC 2006

On Mon, 28 Aug 2006, Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum wrote:

> Hi,
> I inherited a FreeBSD 4.8 box that had a lot of out of date ports on it. in
> trying to fix some of this, i seem to have screwed up the package or
> ports system in a way i cant manage to fix.
> For example if i try to run "portversion" i get:
>  undefined method `each' for nil:NilClass
>  /usr/local/sbin/portversion:239: [BUG] Bus Error
> from Ruby (ruby 1.8.5 is up to date on the system).
> If i try to run "pkg_info" I quickly get:
>  pkg_info: read_plist: bad command '@conflicts apache+ipv6-1.*'
> (i googled for similar problems and there were a few other reports
> of this, with other packages, but no suggestion of how to fix them.)
> If i try to rebuild my ports index, I get
>  gnopernicus-0.12.0: "/usr/ports/accessibility/gnome-speech" non-existent --
>  dependency list incomplete"
> and nothing will go further.
> How can i get all of this sorted? i was really hoping to be able to update
> most of this sytem but now i cant even get started to find out what needs it :-(
> Jen

That is really quite an old version of FSBD. If possible, I think you 
would be well served by updating to the latest version - 6.1 - if 

I may be wrong, but I do not believe that there is a lot of support for 
that version anymore.

Gerard Seibert
gerard at

Has anyone ever tasted an "end"?  Are they really bitter?

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