noackjr at alumni.rice.edu
Fri May 12 04:31:23 PDT 2006
On 05/12/06 03:20, gareth wrote:
> 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 downside is that the downloaded INDEX-5.db may be a few hours out of date.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?
Ah, I made a mistake in my explanation. Replace INDEX-5.db with
INDEX-5. Sorry for the confusion...
"make fetchindex" downloads the INDEX-x file (where 'x' is the major
release number of the version of FreeBSD you are using -- in this case
'5'). When this file is newer than INDEX-x.db, the portupgrade tools
will automatically build an updated version of INDEX-x.db. As such, it
is not necessary to do anything further than "make fetchindex".
Building INDEX-x takes forever (and may be overheating your machine
causing freezes/reboots), but building INDEX-x.db is quite fast.
If you want to make sure everything is updated with a single command,
replace the '-U' with '-F' for "portsdb -Fu" (hehe -- I love it when
arguments work out like that...). That will 1) download the INDEX-x
file instead of building it from scratch, and then 2) build an updated
Here's how long it takes on my 6.1-RELEASE server (dual Pentium3):
$ time portsdb -Fu
Fetching the ports index ... done
[Updating the portsdb <format:bdb_btree> in /usr/build ... - 14630 port
>>> 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
>> 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.
Correction: portsnap automatically builds an up-to-date INDEX-x, not
INDEX-5.db. "portversion" is building the INDEX-x.db file from INDEX-x.
See the portsdb(1) man page for more info.
Jonathan Noack | noackjr at alumni.rice.edu | OpenPGP: 0x991D8195
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