Status of Jaguar support?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Wed Jun 27 12:26:21 PDT 2007

On Jun 27, 2007, at 12:49, Eric Hall wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 09:31:25AM -0400, Daniel J. Luke wrote:
>> On Jun 21, 2007, at 5:35 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> Is MacPorts officially no longer supporting Jaguar?
>> Our policy (from quite a while ago) is to support the current Mac OS
>> X major release, and the one previous to it (so currently 10.4 and
>> 10.3).
>>> If we are officially no longer supporting Jaguar, then MacPorts
>>> should decline to install on that OS, port should decline to run on
>>> that OS, and we should remove all darwin 6 platform selectors from
>>> all ports.
>> I think it's better to make the policy clear to the end-user and let
>> them try to make things work if they want to (and I don't think the
>> project would be opposed to including patches to fix things on older
>> 'non-supported' releases, just like how we're happy to include fixes
>> for other operating systems that aren't them main focus of macports).
> 	I agree, I don't see a reason to take actions to make supporting
> older OS versions more difficult.  Perhaps a message to the user (at
> install time, that they have to ack) indicating their OS version is
> no longer officially supported would be good.

I think the from-source installer is not interactive, and the dmg  
installer uses Apple Installer which doesn't provide a way to prompt  
users for arbitrary questions...

I'm ok with keeping old Jaguar stuff in the portfiles. This desire  
should however be clearly communicated to all portfile authors then,  
mentioned in the (absent) documentation, etc. I have previously  
received patches that have explicitly removed Jaguar support from my  
portfiles, on the sole basis that it's no longer supported by  
MacPorts. (See e.g. ticket #11934.)

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