How to Upgrade Portupgrade?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Apr 27 17:58:05 UTC 2007

Drew Tomlinson <drew at> writes:

> Thanks for all the replies.  Funny thing is that when trying the
> "portupgrade -o" solution and using "pkg_info | grep portupgrade", no
> results were returned.  The /var/db/pkg directory had no portupgrade*
> entries.  Thus I just used "portupgrade -N portupgrade" to upgrade.
> All seemed OK.  I did notice a "make config" window that asked me
> which version of Berkeley DB to use for the backend.  Not knowing, I
> just chose the default of ">=2" and the port built without error.

Missing entries in the package database?  Could be a problem, although
more likely it's just a mistake of some sort.

> Next I attempted "pkgdb -L" suggested in the pkg-message file.  It
> returned this error:
> blacksheep# pkgdb -L
> [Updating the pkgdb <format:bdb_btree> in /var/db/pkg ... /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db: unexpected file type or format -- Invalid argument; rebuild needed] [Rebuilding the pkgdb <format:bdb_btree> in /var/db/pkg ... /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db: unexpected file type or format -- 
> Invalid argument: Cannot update the pkgdb!]: Cannot update the pkgdb!]
> I assume this is due to choosing the incorrect Berkeley DB version?
> So should I rebuild the portupgrade port and choose Berkeley DB 1.85
> or is it recommended to convert the pkgdb to the newer version?  If I
> should convert, how?

My build machine is powered down today, so I can't get the exact
answer, but it was in /usr/ports/UPDATING at the time.

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