Subject: Re: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
To: George Michaelson <>
From: Greg Troxel <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 01/16/2007 07:49:09
George Michaelson <> writes:

> On Mon, 15 Jan 2007 20:35:46 -0500
> Greg Troxel <> wrote:
>>   # cd /usr/pkgsrc/www/apache
>>   # make
>>   => Required installed package digest>=20010302: digest-20060826 found
>>   Syntax error: "(" unexpected
>> This happened to me and I was totally baffled.  I built/installed
>> pkgtools/pkg_install and then things worked.  So I suspect that
>> something is wrong in the code after it decides that pkgtools are old
>> but before it invokes 'make install' for the tools.
> this happened to me on non-BSD platforms, where /bin/sh -> <something>
> and that something has different syntactic requirements for the shell
> than the BSD conforming bourne shell. I coerced my way round it by
> judicious use of <XXX>_SH environment variables passed into
> make/build/pkgsrc procedures

My problem was on NetBSD.  I don't remember what box and hence what
version, but I'm pretty sure something >= netbsd-3.   I have never
done anything funky with repointin /bin/sh.

    Greg Troxel <>