Subject: Re: Problems rebuilding package database
To: None <>
From: Jan Schaumann <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/23/2003 13:44:55
Konrad Neuwirth <> wrote:
> Hi, 
>   I currently have a problem with the packages index on one of our
> machines.  Unfortunately, /var/db/pkg/pkgdb.byfile.db got hosed.
> Trying to rebuild (pkg_admin rebuild) only gives me: 
> | pkg_admin: cannot open pkgdb: Undefined error: 0
>   Alas, this makes installing new packages somewhat hard.  I'm
> somewhat at loss---the file gets generated, but always ends up having
> length 0.  There's still enough space on the drive and the directories
> of all the installed packages appear to be okay. 

Please do the following:

cd /usr/pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkg_install
export CVS_RSH=ssh
cvs update -dP
make && make install
pkg_admin rebuild

There was a problem a few weeks ago in the pkg_* tools that since than
has been fixed.

Hope that helps,

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