Creating $prefix/bin/foo and at the same time

Jeremy Lavergne jeremy at
Tue Jul 16 11:14:12 PDT 2013

My approach was to have the /Application bundle to launch the command line program. This is fairly automated thanks to Ryan.

Check out the app PortGroup:

Here's how I use it in pspp-devel:

On Jul 16, 2013, at 1:49 PM, Mojca Miklavec wrote:

> Hi,
> (This question is related to Gate, but this is not relevant and could
> be asked about any port.)
> I would like to create a package providing both the command-line
> executable as well as a real Mac application ($prefix/bin/Gate and
> /Applications/MacPorts/
> By default the installation creates $prefix/bin/Gate (even though I'm
> sure that I can change the configuration options to put it somewhere
> else), but I need to replace it with a shell script that sets a bunch
> of environmental variables first and then calls the real executable.
> But I would also like to create inside
> /Applications/MacPorts. My questions are as follows:
> 1.) I guess that there is no need to make the app standalone in terms
> of links to libraries? (It's probably ok if the app links to
> $prefix/lib/libwhatever.dylib instead of having to use
> @rpath/../some/local/path/to/libwhatever.dylib)
> 2.) What should I do with the binary? Where should I put the real
> binary? Do I need to copy it inside the app? Can I simply use a shell
> script inside the app that launches the binary from
> $prefix/libexec/gate/Gate? Or should I simply put the binary to app
> only and then make $prefix/bin/Gate a shell script launching the
> binary from inside the app?
> 3.) I need a few extra files like icns & those weird xml files. Should
> they go to the same folder where patch files are?
> 4.) Let's say that I already have a working binary in
> $prefix/libexec/gate/Gate. What is the optimal way of testing creation
> of the app (copying files around and creating some files on the fly)
> without having to compile gate after every trivial change of the
> Portfile? Related question: let's say that "port" fails during
> destroot. Is there any way to keep changing the Portfile without the
> need to recompile everything (sometimes compilation can take 30
> minutes and I make trivial mistakes in post-destroot)?
> Thank you very much (and sorry for some confusing questions - please
> ask if you can't figure out what I was trying to ask),
>    Mojca
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