the exact ebuild file is:
there's a small typo on the 16th line of the script, it ends with a ^A instead of a double quote. removing that character, and putting a double quote fixed the problem.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. emerge mailx
There's nothing we can do about it as /var/db/pkg is different on every users system and is out of our direct control. Current ebuilds in CVS seem to be fine.
In fact a duplicate of bug 46096.
yep, i see that its a duplicate.
I'm sorry for that, have tried searching thru bugzilla, but i didnt see any earlier entries so i posted the problem.