portupgrade fails to run or do anything

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Sun Nov 7 18:08:25 UTC 2010

On Sun, 07 Nov 2010 09:21:22 -0800, "Ron (Lists)" <rg.lists at rzweb.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to upgrade my ports and I can't get portupgrade to do 
> anything.  I type 'sudo portupgrade apache' (or any package) and all I 
> get back is a command prompt.  No error or any other message.  
> portversion seems to work correctly, showing my out of date ports, etc.

You need to be in /usr/ports and then issue the port name together
with the category; in your case:

	% cd /usr/ports
	% sudo portupgrade www/apache

> Running portupgrade with -F doesn't help at all.  I've also noticed 
> that tab-expansion isn't working like it used to on the port names, so 
> that makes me wonder if the database is screwed up. 

The expansion is handled by the shell, and based on the content of
directories accessed. If you follow the example above, autocomplete
should work fine.

> I've tried running 
> pkgdb and it just returns like portupgrade. 

That should not be; did you run this?

	# pkgdb -aF

This is the most common call for that program, issued as root (or via
su or sudo or super).

> Running portsdb to try and 
> rebuild the index doesn't help.

See from the manpage:

	Note that INDEX file is updated every few hours on official
	site, it is recommended that you run ``portsdb -Fu'' after
	every CVSup of the ports tree in order to keep them always
	up-to-date and in sync with the ports tree.

> Any ideas?  I'm perplexed and Google is no help.

I can suggest reading the manpages of the programs in question
before consulting google. One of FreeBSD's strengths is its
EXCELLENT documentation. Know about that fact, and it will
help you in many situations. :-)

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