I performed an rm -r on /var/lib/pkg
jamesh at lanl.gov
Thu Oct 11 14:28:37 PDT 2007
On Thu, 2007-10-11 at 23:13 +0200, Erik Trulsson wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 03:07:37PM -0600, James wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-10-11 at 15:53 -0500, Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> > > James wrote:
> > > > Call it a moment of sheer stupidity, call it a misremembering, call it
> > > > whatever you want (and I imagine I'll hear a few different ones), but I
> > > > just did an rm -r /var/lib/pkg.
> > > >
> > > > Before I type anything to damage things further, does anyone have any
> > > > suggestions as to how to recover from this? I have other FreeBSD boxes
> > > > available to me, none with the same pkg list, though. I'll be reading
> > > > man pkgdb in the meantime..
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm guessing you might be Real Tired(tm). Do you mean
> > > /var/db/pkg?
> > >
> > > $ ll /var/lib/pkg
> > > ls: /var/lib/pkg: No such file or directory
> > >
> > > Kevin Kinsey
> > Yes, you're right. On all counts, I'm afraid.
> > But, yes, ultimately. And the more I'm reading man pages, the more I'm
> > thinking that the only solution here will be to reinstall everything. I
> > was wondering if portmaster or something similar might be able to solve
> > this, but it looks like /var/db/pkg is what *everything* refers to.
> Yes, /var/db/pkg/ is where all the information about installed
> ports/packages is stored.
> To recreate that information you will have to reinstall everything.
> > I'm feeling like the least competent user in the world right now. Though
> > it *does* teach me a valuable lesson about backing up.
> Backups are good, yes. Regular, up-to-date, backups are even better.
Alas, though, regular, up-to-date backups ain't happened here.
What has happened, though, is I've never ran rm in /usr/ports/distfiles.
I'm going to think for a little bit about a script that can move
through /usr/ports/distfiles and reinstall everything that exists there.
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