gareth bsd at lordcow.org
Fri May 12 00:20:57 PDT 2006

On Wed 2006-05-10 (11:29), Jonathan Noack wrote:
> You are probably experiencing some of the VFS limitations in 5.3 (you'll
> be pleasantly surprised by 6.1!).  "portsdb -Uu" is very CPU and IO
> intensive; it takes a long time on a fast machine.  "make fetchindex" is
> provided as a replacement for having to run "portsdb -Uu".  The only
> downside is that the downloaded INDEX-5.db may be a few hours out of date.

it looks like 'make fetchindex' only gets INDEX-5.bz2, then unzips it,
then i need to make a INDEX-5.db. anyway, 'portsdb -Uu' may be
CPU/IO intensive, but that alone shouldn't be powering down the machine?

> > but, if i just run portversion, it creates the INDEX-5.db,
> > so i'm not sure why i'm running 'portsdb -Uu' in the first
> > place?
> I would highly recommend checking out portsnap; it builds an up-to-date
> INDEX-5.db file automatically as part of the update process.

so what is 'portversion' building, that is different to what 'portsdb -Uu'
would do? thanx re portsnap, will have a look but can't at the moment.

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