Installing without root privileges: what about /Applications/MacPorts?
ryandesign at macports.org
Sat Sep 13 17:27:06 PDT 2008
On Sep 12, 2008, at 9:13 AM, Michael Williams wrote:
> I think I've successfully installed MacPorts without root privileges.
> I installed from source using:
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/.macports --with-install-user=$USER --with-
> install-group=staff --with-tclpackage=~/Library/Tcl
I also prefer to use MacPorts without root when possible... I use this:
> (this was based on my interpretation of https://trac.macports.org/
As Bryan said, the gsoc08-privileges branch has not yet been merged
into trunk, so if you're building from trunk, you're not getting any
of that new code yet.
> However, I've run into trouble with a couple of packages. These errors
> boil down to:
> Error: Target org.macports.activate returned: can't create
> directory "/
> Applications/MacPorts": permission denied
I change the ownership of /Applications/MacPorts to my user.
> Is there any way to change this directory to, say, ~/Applications/
> MacPorts or is it hard-coded?
In MacPorts 1.6.0 and earlier it is hardcoded. In trunk, there is a
new configure parameter --with-applications-dir and a new
macports.conf option applications_dir. Many ports do not yet respect
this parameter. If file tickets for any such port you find so we can
correct the problem.
Actually I set applications_dir to /Applications/mp, just to make it
different from the default so I can more easily spot ports that don't
use the setting. That's also one of the reasons I don't use /opt/
local as my MacPorts prefix.
> p.s. if anyone knows mutt and MacPorts well, I have another package
> problem which I think it mutt-related rather than MacPorts, but
> comments welcome: http://groups.google.com/group/mailing.unix.mutt-
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