How to avoid Xcode license dance

Lawrence Velázquez larryv at
Tue Jul 23 22:25:12 PDT 2013

On Jul 23, 2013, at 10:15 AM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:

> On Jul 23, 2013, at 09:10, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Is there a way -- command line flag or environment variable maybe -- to instruct MacPorts not to do the Xcode license dance where it copies the Xcode plist? I'm having trouble writing a special script which runs multiple `port` commands in parallel because:
>> error deleting "/opt/local/var/macports/home/Library/Preferences/"
>> because another process already deleted it.
>> Alternately, could we instruct MacPorts not to do the Xcode license thing for subcommands that don't have anything to do with Xcode, such as `port info` or `port distfiles`?
> I think we must already be selective about this. My "portmylivecheck" script [1] already runs multiple "port livecheck" invocations in parallel without this problem. However my new script which should run multiple "port distfiles" invocations in parallel encountered this error.
> [1]

I'm not too familiar with the plist-copying, but this seems to be where it's initiated:

And this is where it's actually done:


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