selfupdate failing under Leopard

Stuart Tannehill stuart at
Fri Nov 16 11:32:12 PST 2007

In my particular case the problem was caused by having installed  
MacPorts on a PPC based system, using Migration Assistant to move  
things over to an Intel based system and THEN trying to run  
selfupdate. Not a real common set of circumstances and one that was  
pretty easily solved (and one I think most MacPorts users would be  
able to figure out on their own).


On Nov 16, 2007, at 2:22 PM, Daniel J. Luke wrote:

> On Nov 16, 2007, at 2:14 PM, markd at wrote:
>> On the other hand, if a user installs stuff in /usr/local/ after
>> installing MacPorts it wouldn't help unless selfupdate (and/or  
>> port) also
>> checked those paths so maybe it isn't feasible.  The Cisco VPN  
>> client uses
>> /usr/local, though it causes no problems.  Comments?
> So the 'problem' is only when the user installs some library in /usr/ 
> local that macports uses and either that install is broken somehow  
> or the user removes it.
> It's good to make macports robust against mistakes, but at some  
> point we probably have to realize that end-users are going to be  
> able to configure their systems in ways that are broken, and we may  
> or may not be able to do something about that specific broken-ness.
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> Daniel J. Luke
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