what's .macports?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Fri Feb 15 16:24:30 PST 2008

On Feb 15, 2008, at 18:13, Mack Johnson wrote:

> I just did a fresh install of leopard, I also updated to latest  
> 10.5.2. I just installed MacPorts-1.6.0, but I get command not found.

Yes. This is a bug in 1.6.0 which will be fixed in 1.6.1. For now,  
you need to set up your .profile yourself. See the Guide:


> I also notice there's a folder in my home called .macports, I have  
> no .profile. Yes I have the Xcode Tools installed. Should I create  
> a profile? What is the .macpots for?

Yes, you should create a .profile (or .bash_profile if you prefer)  
and set it up as per the Guide, since the 1.6.0 installer is broken  
in that it does not do this for you.

The .macports directory on my system contains a single file,  
"history", which contains the history of commands that I have typed  
in the MacPorts interactive mode. So, the directory serves that  
purpose, at least. I'm not sure if it has another purpose.

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