John DeStefano <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Thanks Lowell.  Well, your suggestions made sense and at the very least
> have showed me that the host name in the file was wrong... I've now
> changed it to an actual cvsup mirror (, and also
> tested the file with and without adding "tag=." after "ports-all".  But
> I'm still getting the same error (Release not specified for collection
> "").
> Here's the file excluding commented-out lines:
> =====

There's your problem.  This line shouldn't be there.  It doesn't start
with *default, so cvsup tries to interpret it (the whole thing) as a
collection name.

> base=/usr
> prefix=/usr

Remove these too.

> *default
> *default base=/usr
> *default prefix=/usr
> *default release=cvs tag=.
> *default delete use-rel-suffix
> *default compress
> ports-all tag=.
> ======
> These are the times when I feel like doing "rm -rf /"!!  :(

It could be worse:  "user-friendly" software gives *fewer* indications
of the source of a problem...  :-)
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