What is db46 and why is it such a pain?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Wed Sep 7 19:18:22 PDT 2011

On Sep 7, 2011, at 21:01, Brandon Allbery wrote:

> In any case, Oracle being who they are, I'd suspect less a 404 than that they tossed in some license agreement nonsense and it'll be necessary to manually agree and download the patches (wouldn't be the first time they did it, even).

A 404 error would not be a problem for MacPorts; it would simply try the next server. What is a problem is a server that delivers a 200 OK status code but then delivers a file other than the requested one. That is what happens when you have MisbehavingServers, or license pages as you say, but there is no license page from Oracle in this case. I have just now verified that the files on Oracle's server have checksums that match the portfile. I see no reason to suspect it's anything other than the possibilities already enumerated in the wiki:


Note we also have an issue filed about this issue with db46:


Though no additional information was provided there so it's hard to argue that that's anything different.

> Try renaming the downloaded patch files to have a .html extension and loading them in a browser.

Yes, please do this.

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