how to make better use of native tools

Daniel Oberhoff daniel at
Thu Sep 20 04:39:47 PDT 2007

Am 16.09.2007 um 16:03 schrieb Yves de Champlain:

> Le 07-09-15 à 20:06, paul beard a écrit :
>> 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
>> 323
>> du -sh /opt/local
>> 3.4G    /opt/local
>> Any porters have any input on this? What breakage might result, if  
>> any?
> I tried that for myself a few years ago and it took just one  
> upgrade to break compatibility with OS X provided libxml2 and have  
> me rebuild almost everything.  So while the idea may seem  
> attractive, it just does not work.  I think fink can handle it  
> because their stable branch moves very slowly and because they have  
> a distinct set of ports for every Major OS version.
> yves

Ok, but how about tools like python/perl?
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