portsnap failing

Ashley Moran work at ashleymoran.me.uk
Tue Feb 28 01:55:52 PST 2006

On Monday 27 February 2006 23:46, Donald J. O'Neill wrote:
> That file you were missing, lives in /var/db/portsnap/files/ , did you
> look there to see if it was there or not?

No it's not there.  The point is, portsnap should be fetching it but isn't.

> Did you do anything to the setup of portsnap?
> Did you somehow, happen to install portsnap from the ports system?

No definitely not.  One of the reasons I like FreeBSD 6 is because portsnap is 
in the base system.

> A dumb question I know, but it's got to be asked. did you make any
> changes to /etc/portsnap.conf?

Nope- stock file.

> Just what portsnap files did you delete?

The whole of /var/db/portsnap (well actually I just moved them, and put them 
back when the download from scratch failed).

> How did you use portsnap, any options when you ran it?

portsnap fetch, plain and simple

> Just a funny thought: do you have defaultrouter="some IP address"
> in /etc/rc.conf.

No, I'm using DCHP.  But the (low level) network is not an issue- the server 
is otherwise fully functional.

> One final thought, did portsnap ever work for you?

*Possibly* not.  On the test machine I installed, then definitely not - it 
failed first time.  However, the other server I used 

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