how to make better use of native tools
ehainry at free.fr
Thu Sep 20 05:11:15 PDT 2007
Citando Daniel Oberhoff :
> Am 16.09.2007 um 16:03 schrieb Yves de Champlain:
> > 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?
Programs depending on python or perl often need some specific python
libraries that apple does not provide (for example things like
py-scientific or p5-mailtools). It is not in macports' culture to
install things outside of /opt/local (or /Applications/Macports), so
installing these libs require a special libdir that your perl should
get. It is easier to count on a fresh install of python to find its own
libs than on the user to properly configure apple's python to find libs
Plus apple provided python is version 2.3. Macports provide python2.4 or
2.5 (maybe even python3k) so you have a better more recent with bug
fixes implementation and will be less likely to encounter and be enable
to correct bugs in that distribution (apple has long provided a buggy
ruby while macports' one was working well enough)
However, some programs do not require you to install python and work
well with apple's one (rubber for example, but I should correct its
portfile a little so that it is able to install with python >2.3).
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