I am victorious in my battle with #riscos packman. Newest version installed, convinced to list all the packages available, and it even knows which packages I already have installed.
OK it did things the hard way, literally reinstalling everything, but I had all the zips so at least I didn't have to download it all.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko