question about upgrading port (getting errors)

Evan Burrows eburrows at
Mon Jun 4 07:57:38 PDT 2007

Yeah I tried that the other day with no luck.  Then I figured it out.  It
seems as though the fact that it was retaining my previous install
information when I originally installed darwinports was what was causing the
issue.  After installing the new version of macports and doing a selfupdate
left me with the same problem. It was late at night by the time I did that
so I just wiped my macports install and all its references and did a fresh
install and then just ran a quick shell script to install everything I
wanted over night.  The next day when I checked everything I created the
startup items for the services I wanted and rebooted and I have a fully
functional macports install again.  Still a little weird why the uninstall
never worked but it is working now so that is all that matters.

Thanks for the help,

On 6/4/07, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
> On Jun 2, 2007, at 14:01, Evan Burrows wrote:
> > No, before now I have never had a need to uninstall a port so I
> > haven't tried but when I tried to uninstall pcre, expat, etc like
> > you said before I get the same problem about it not understanding
> > the uninstall command.
> I also can't explain why your MacPorts wouldn't be recognizing the
> uninstall command. It sounds like "something" is messed up with your
> base MacPorts installation, though I don't know much about the base
> code and so couldn't speculate as to what.
> Fortunately, I think you can safely reinstall MacPorts base without
> affecting any of your installed ports. Download the 1.4.0 disk image
> (the correct one for your OS version) and run the installer package
> on it.
> Then, "sudo port selfupdate" to update you to MacPorts 1.4.42 again.
> (I'd refer you to download 1.4.42 directly, except that we only make
> direct downloads of the major versions available.)
> I'm not confident that this will fix it... I'm also not 100% sure
> this won't mess up your installed ports. But I *think* it won't.
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