x86_64 10.5/i386 fink 10.6 and the options for MacPorts

Jack Howarth howarth at bromo.med.uc.edu
Mon Sep 14 08:30:35 PDT 2009

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 04:55:22PM +0200, Rainer Müller wrote:
> On 2009-09-14 15:01 , Jack Howarth wrote:
> > Coming from working with fink for all these years, the first thing
> > that struck me was how painful it is in MacPorts to visually
> > scan through the various Portfiles. In fink, if you are looking
> > for coding examples of packaging, you could go to one of the
> > categories and quickly look through the various .info files for
> > examples of the packaging you might want to implement. In MacPorts,
> > because of the directory structure that nests the Portfile this
> > is much more painful to do. Is there a way on the web site to
> > quickly get to each Portfile without searching through tickets
> > or such?
> Note that you can easily view Portfiles by name with `port edit` or
> `port cat`. Also `port file` and `port dir` can be used to find Portfile
> paths. I don't think that nesting is particularly bad.
> Rainer

   No. That doesn't sound bad. It's just the learning curve coming from
fink is a bit steep. I am still sorting out details like what are
the corresponding options to -k (which leaves behind the build directories)
and -K (which leaves behind the binary packaging installation directories)
in port. So far it seems, I have have to do a 'sudo port build' and stop
there to keep the build directories.

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