MacPorts Status

Michele Venturi dardo82 at
Sat Jun 11 14:32:27 UTC 2022

If you are looking for some serious effort, it's the wrong
place; there is none here, they are all volunteers sadly...

On Sat, Jun 11, 2022, 16:08 Jordan via macports-dev <
macports-dev at> wrote:

> Hi friends,
> First of all thank you for your work! I use MacPorts exclusively for a
> few different reasons and am looking to contribute to the project. I am
> starting to spin up maintaining a few ports after a long break from
> macOS (mostly because until M1 machines came around the hardware sucked
> if I am honest).
> There is one aspect of MacPorts that has me a little down in the dumps
> and that's is its _apparent_ (but likely not true) neglected state. I
> think it's perhaps under maintained currently due to a lack of
> people-power? I say so because I'd love to see more people using
> MacPorts so I wonder if there's any "modernisation" (for lack of a
> better word) to be had here?
> Things like the timeline on Trac are years old, the use of `sudo` by
> default probably scares new users etc etc.
> I'm looking to contribute to some kind of effort to "modernise" (again,
> for lack of a better word) MacPorts so perhaps some usage compared to
> things like Homebrew can be gained back since I'd love to see this
> project used more.
> Also, as a tacked-on issue I am working on packaging a port and MacPorts
> is smart enough to only remove the files within directories as present
> when the port was imaged but I was hoping for a cheeky setting to change
> this so that it "dumb"ly deletes the entire folder.
> For example, the port is imaged and at the time of imaging has a
> `${prefix}/lib/foo/bar` directory with a single file in it. If I
> immediately uninstall the port then `bar` is correctly deleted since it
> is _exactly_ as it was when the port was installed from its image.
> However, if I add files to `bar` then MacPorts only removes those that
> single file that is part of the port image, leaves the others alone, and
> because `bar` is now not-empty leaves `bar`. I wonder if I can force
> MacPorts to always delete `bar`?
> /Jordan
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