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misc/49765: Official ftp mirror not supporting wildcard over http
>Synopsis: Official ftp mirror not supporting wildcard over http
>Arrival-Date: Fri Mar 20 10:50:00 +0000 2015
>Originator: Jussi Toivonen
NetBSD Unzan 6.1.5 NetBSD 6.1.5 (GENERIC) i386
Host not found errors when trying to install packages from ftp.NetBSD.org during installation step "Enable installation of binary packages" or during normal usage of pkg_add with PKG_PATH set to "http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/6.1.5/All". If the "http://" is explicitly replaced with "ftp://", installing works, but that is bad practice.
The problem seemingly stems from the wildcard character * not being supprted over http. The client attempts to find <package name>* where the * is the version number of the package, but can only find it if connected to the server through ftp://
1. Boot the installation media for NetBSD 6.1.5 i386
2. Install as normal until
3. Attempt to enable installation of binary packages.
# export PKG_PATH="http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/6.1.5/All"
# pkg_add <any program>
Enable wildcard globbing over http in the official ftp server.
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