Shaun Amott presented these words - circa 2/29/08 6:45 PM->
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:25:06PM -0800, Patrick Mahan wrote:
One of the issues that came out of this was it seemed that the
ports database (/var/db/pkg/pkgdb.db) was corrupt.  So I tried
to rebuild it by deleting it and setting PKG_DBDIR).  I issued
a 'portsdb -Uu' and it fails -

Do you have anything left under /var/db/pkg (presumably not, unless you
still have PKG_DBDIR set)?

host# portsdb -Uu
Updating the ports index ... Generating INDEX.tmp - please wait..p5-DateTime-Calendar-Japanese-0.06001: "/usr/ports/japanese/p5-DateTime-Calendar-Japanese-Era" non-existent -- dependency list incomplete
===> devel/p5-DateTime-Calendar-Japanese failed
*** Error code 1
1 error

Looks like you might have an old ports tree. Have you updated it lately?

I had done a portsnap about 6 hours before the first READ error on the
IDE drive.

So, somehow, I have managed to seriously hammer my ports/package
installation.  Is there a way to recover this info?  Is there any
way of determing just what is installed (I know of a few: Perl,
emacs, etc) from info stored under '/usr/ports'?

If you just removed the portupgrade database (which is all you
mentioned), you haven't lost anything important: it can be regenerated.
If the whole of /var/db/pkg was obliterated, you'll have to reinstall
everything. If you know what version of each port you had installed
(plus the OPTIONS, etc., used), installing over the top of what you have
now is probably the best you can do.

Unfortunately, the whole of /var/db/pkg was *pocked*.  As for knowing
what versions were installed, well, that's what I am trying to

I guess it looks like I am going to need a big *pocking* hammer....


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