compiler.whitelist and compiler installation side-effects

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Sun Sep 20 06:25:51 PDT 2015

On Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM, René J. V. <rjvbertin at> wrote:

> *) a white list is a list of acceptable items which is checked against
> what's
> available

The point of the whitelist is to deal with buggy compilers. If 3.7 is
preferred then it usually means that 3.6 can't build a working version of
the port; as such, it would be expected to install a compiler that will
build the port, not fail to build (or worse, build a nonworking program)
because someone has a preferred version installed.

`port select` should never affect what compiler is used to build a port; if
it does, that is a bug.

Compilers you have installed manually (i.e. not via MacPorts) should not be
used to build ports; if one is, that is a bug.

brandon s allbery kf8nh                               sine nomine associates
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