Supporting installing arbitrary port versions

Steven Smith steve.t.smith at
Sun Oct 4 14:13:17 UTC 2020

This is a Terrible Idea.

The first rule of computer security is to update your stuff.

Adding the complexity of allowing arbitrary software versions means that now we have to make sure that we update our stuff and make sure that we’re not still running old, insecure code even after we’ve updated. It’s asking for trouble.

I don’t want Apple to give me the option of running old ssh (or any other old code) when I update macOS, and I don’t want MacPorts to give me the same option.

And that’s on top of the unworkable maintenance issues discussed before.

A big Nope, both as a user and a port maintainer.

> On Oct 3, 2020, at 11:00 AM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
> It would be a major project if it were clear how it could possibly work and it were just a matter of doing it. But so far I have no idea how it could work.

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