portupgrade can't fetch packages

Mel fbsd.questions at rachie.is-a-geek.net
Tue Mar 11 18:43:19 UTC 2008

On Monday 10 March 2008 15:38:17 Colin Brace wrote:
> Hi all,
> Earlier today I ran "portupgrade -aP" to update my system. Alas,
> everytime it tried to download a package, it failed and resorted to
> downloading and compiling the source. For example:
> [...]
> --->  Checking for the latest package of 'lang/python25'
> --->  Fetching the package(s) for 'python25-2.5.2_1' (lang/python25)
> --->  Fetching python25-2.5.2_1
> fetch:
> ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-7-stable/All/python25
>-2.5.2_1.tbz: Can't open data connection

If this is a persistent rather then temporary problem, the only way I can see 
that happening, is that you have FTP_PASSIVE_MODE set to 'no' in 


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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