Many thanks.  I ended up doing a
  tar xzf /cdrom/ports/ports.tgz
to restore it, then did the necessary rebuilding.

>On Wed, 28 Jul 2004 16:31:05 -0600
>"Gary Aitken" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> I just upgraded (I think :-)) from 4.5 to 4.10.
>> Initially tried an upgrade, which failed because of an undefined
>> in the X11 font server library (,
>> Not to be deterred, I then attempted to do a complete install over the
>> of everything.  This failed for the same reason.
>> I then did an install without X11.  This sort of seemed to work,
although I
>> don't think things finished up properly because I didn't get the usual
>> questions about running an http server, etc.
>> However, it appeared the sys sources were updated and all the files were
>> place, so I built a custom kernel (needed for my network drivers) and
>> things started up ok; it says it's 4.10-RELEASE #0, and files in /etc
>> replaced and had to be tweaked (rc.conf, etc).
>> Unfortunately, the popper I was using (qpopper 4.0.3) was causing things
>> clients attempting to pop to hang, so I decided to update it.  I deleted
>> (pkg_delete), downloaded the new .tgz, and attempted to do a make:
>>   Makefile error: There is a COMMENTFILE in this port.
>>   COMMENTFILEs have been deprecated in 
>>   favor of COMMENT variables.
>>   Please rectify this.
>>   *** Error code 1
>It seems you have an updated set of ports/Mk/bsd.*.mk but the old ports
>tree. cvsuping the hole tree, with no refuse files and rebuilding INDEX
>would probably help. But you will end rebuilding pretty much everything.
>Unregistered ;) FreeBSD "user"
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