Re possibility of ports that install pre-built apps (allowed for free distribution)

Sergey Fedorov vital.had at
Wed Nov 23 03:49:58 UTC 2022

Hi everyone, I have recently made a port that installs OnyX for every
system from Tiger onwards:

Turned out, there is some ambiguity regarding such kind of ports. I don’t
particularly get why such ports cannot be allowed, provided building from
source is not an option and provided developers allow distributing freely
(which is the case for OnyX, see:
As a matter of fact, MacPorts *does have* ports that install pre-built
binaries, either as a variant or as the only option.

It is perhaps indeed unneeded to have gazillions of ports of such a kind;
however, as for OnyX goes, it is a useful and widely used app, supporting
every version of macOS. How does it hurt to have it?

Best regards,
Sergey Fedorov
GitHub: @barracuda156
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