Interesting survey on Snow Leopard package managers

Toby Peterson toby at
Mon Sep 14 09:27:18 PDT 2009

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 07:22, Jack Howarth <howarth at> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 10:11:39AM -0400, Eric Tiffany wrote:
>> This Ars Techica thread has a survey about package managers on Snow Leopard,
>> and an accompanying thread regarding some of these 64bit issues.
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> Eric,
>   As I said in a couple threads this weekend, the smartest thing for
> MacPorts to do is adopt the usage of the config.guess patch (that is being
> evaluated by the config.guess maintainers) which I used to fix the gcc44
> package here (tickets 20838 and 21341). Assuming you don't want to bother
> supporting i386 builds on Snow Leopard machines that are defaulting to
> x86_64 code, this is the most transparent solution. The only alternative
> is to resort to what fink does in their packaging, test the default
> architecture with sysctl and then manually pass the --build/--host/--target
> triplets to configure.
>   I told there are a number of other packages broken on Snow Leopard
> in MacPorts because of the same issue. Does anyone have a list? I'll try
> them locally with the config.guess patch and add or open tickets for that
> fix.

Our current approach (passing -arch) seems to be working fine - I
think both of your suggestions are bit heavy-handed considering *most*
ports work just fine with -arch flags.

- Toby

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