Thanks Conrad for the advice. I continue to be bitten by my inexperience
with this process. In my defence I must note that there appears some
inconsistency in that some things are able to be make-d, but others like
portsdb,pkgdb etc. can't.
I think two things would be helpful:
o the normal handbook could be updated with the correct procedure for
ports maintenance - it still has only the basics of using the cvsup
command and nothing about the makefile or other important commands
o the toplevel ports makefile could include targets for all of the
essential actions; maybe the 'update' should include the essential db
operations, or another eg 'update-all'? As you mention, portsdb -Uu is
better than 'make index' - should this be changed in the makefile?
Failing either of the above, has anyone documented this process already
in a form that is available and has been verified by all or some of you?
Maybe by the time I get through this I'll be ready to have a crack at
documenting it myself ;)