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Stevan Tiefert wrote:
| Hello list,
| | a small question for the expirienced users of FreeBSD: | | At which time the name of "INDEX.db" to "INDEX-?.db" changed? (I suppose | during the creating time of FreeBSD 6) And then it was changed, was the | database format also been changed?


FreeBSD 4.x and earlier had just plain /usr/ports/INDEX

FreeBSD 5.x and above have /usr/ports/INDEX-N where N is the OS major version.

The INDEX.db file is created and used by programs from the portupgrade(1)
suite: other ports management applications pretty much make a point of not
referring to the INDEX at all.

There wasn't a change in the format of the INDEX coincident with the
name change -- the distinction is because many of the ports are version
number dependent so the content of the INDEX will be different on different
system versions.

There was a change in the format of the INDEX file some time before 4.11-RELEASE
(I think) which added a number of extra columns, but the file format has been
constant since then.
        Cheers,

        Matthew

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