macports rot

Nils Breunese nils at
Thu Dec 6 08:13:38 UTC 2018

Rainer Müller wrote:

> Somehow the Homebrew community managed to get their ubiquitous marketing
> on almost every software project website. Compare this with the MacPorts
> website, which has not seen any redesign in more than 10 years...
> Although a good package management system should not need to advertise
> itself, as every software would be available without users being told
> where to look – the package manager should be their first choice.

But you need to know about this package manager first then. And be convinced into installing and using it. I found out about the existence of package managers on Mac (I guess it was Fink for me at the time) through installation instructions for some tool I wanted to install.

When I started to maintain some packages for MacPorts I also made an effort to do pull requests for the install docs to add instructions for installing via MacPorts (for instance [0]). I think this is very important PR for a package manager, apart from its own website.

For instance, yesterday I wanted to try out Hugo. It’s available in MacPorts, but the Hugo site only mentions Homebrew, binary download and building from source as installation options [1]. I think it might pay off if maintainers would pay more attention to this.


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