Looking for a solution to compile MacPorts and maintain my packages

Joshua Root jmr at macports.org
Wed Jul 1 03:40:03 PDT 2009

On 2009-7-1 20:25, Jean-Michel Pouré wrote:
> So my question is: do you think MacPorts can be installed and upgraded
> on any old computer like the G4 (PPC) and MacOS 10.4? Are some packages
> in MacPorts dependent on Mac OS 10.5? Do you plan to continue on PPC or
> will you abandon PPC one day?

Yes, MacPorts works on 10.4 PPC. Yes, some ports need 10.5 (not many at
present). Yes, we will most likely abandon PPC one day, probably at the
same time we drop support for 10.5, which is to say, not for quite a
while yet.

Our policy is to try to support the two latest OS X releases. Panther
has therefore been unsupported for some time, but still works as of
MacPorts 1.7. (MacPorts 1.8 will no longer work on Panther.) When Snow
Leopard ships in September, Tiger will become unsupported as per policy.
Like Panther, though, it will probably more or less work for quite a
while still.

- Josh

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