going to unstable

Malcolm Fitzgerald mfitzgerald at pacific.net.au
Thu Jun 28 03:49:55 PDT 2007

On 28/06/2007, at 8:15 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> On Jun 26, 2007, at 17:42, Malcolm Fitzgerald wrote:
>> On Fri, 22 Jun 2007 06:14:15 -0500 Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> On Jun 21, 2007, at 23:27, Malcolm Fitzgerald wrote:
>>>> I'd like to try the latest bluefish releases. How do I do that with
>>>> MacPorts?
>>> There is no "unstable" tree in MacPorts as there is in some other
>>> package managers. MacPorts only has a single tree.
>>> Development/unstable versions of some ports are available though the
>>> use of separate ports whose names end with -devel. However, no port
>>> "bluefish-unstable" appears to exist at present. You could create  
>>> one...
>> What are the requirements. I don't have any C skills. Is there are  
>> web site that documents the process?
> Portfiles are written in Tcl, though I didn't know Tcl very well when  
> I started and it's very easy to learn. It's a lot more like writing a  
> configuration file or a shell script than writing C code.
> The documentation is out of date and currently only available in the  
> Internet archive:
> http://web.archive.org/web/20060427120406/darwinports.opendarwin.org/ 
> docs/
> Some other scattered notes are available in the wiki:
> http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/macports/wiki
> See also the various manpages (type "man portfile" in the Terminal,  
> for example).
> The best thing to do is look at existing portfiles and see how they do  
> things (type "port edit mysql5-devel" for example). Especially compare  
> the -devel and non-devel versions of ports where both exist (like  
> mysql5 and mysql5-devel, mutt and mutt-devel, rsync and rsync-devel,  
> etc.). Type "port search devel" to see 'em all.
> And again, I made a typo in my message from the 22nd: I wrote  
> "bluefish-unstable" but I meant to write "bluefish-devel".

thanks Ryan, I'm printing those instructions out now.


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