how to make better use of native tools

paul beard paulbeard at
Sat Sep 15 17:06:11 PDT 2007

On 9/15/07, Daniel Oberhoff <daniel at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I like using macports to get some stuff with lots of dependencies
> installed. I wonder though why it is neccessary for example to
> rebuild native tools such as python and perl. Because it tends to
> cause quite a bit of confusion to have several of those around
> including severel "site" folders created etc.. Now wouldn't it be
> possible to have proxy packages such as fink has? I.e. python24-
> native? It could then be an option. Dunno if macports can handle
> options like that, but it woul shure be nice.

Interesting idea so long as the versions stay in sync.

But the real hit is in the initial compilation of those packages/ports. Disk
space is not a big deal anymore, is it? port installed | wc -l
du -sh /opt/local
3.4G    /opt/local

Any porters have any input on this? What breakage might result, if any?

Paul Beard /
<paulbeard at at>
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