On 26 Aug, 2004, at 16:10, Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. wrote:

Curtis Vaughan wrote:

Ok, first off I didn't follow the instructions above verbatim. What I did do is copy ports-supfile, edited it, and perform a cvsup using it.
All it seemed to do, however, is delete everything in the ports directory.

Here's how I edited my ports-supfile

*default host=cvsup10.us.FreeBSD.org
*default base=/usr/local/etc/cvsup
*default prefix=/usr
*default release=cvs tag=RELENG_4
*default delete use-rel-suffix

Did I do something horribly wrong?

Yes.  Well, not horrible, but this was pilot error.

As I think you've been told once already recently
(or at least someone has told someone else within
the last 48 hours or so) you ***must*** use:

*default release=cvs tag=.

      (that's a dot or 'period'), because the ports tree isn't
tagged like the RELENG branches are.

So, in your case, cvsup replaced your extant ports
tree with all the ones from the release it couldn't
find, which happened to be nil ... and your ports
collection is now blank.

Kevin Kinsey

Now after running a successful cvsup with ports-supfile, I went to /usr/src/ and typed make update, which didn't really seem to do anything. The prompt returned immediately. So, I typed portsdb -U and its running. However, I notice there are a number of "make: fatal errors encountered..." and "*** Error code 1: malformed entry: ***" . Is this something to be worried about? On the other hand it looks as though they may have something to do with other language ports (german, french, etc.). And I had the default refuse file under /sup/ in order not to download other language ports. So, this makes me think that it doesn't really matter.

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