Configure error macport - mkvToolnix

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Tue Sep 23 20:31:51 PDT 2008

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On Sep 23, 2008, at 8:03 PM, Mine wrote:

> Hi Ryan,
> I have stuff in /usr/local which are apps installed by macPorts

MacPorts installs in /opt/local by default, not /usr/local. Things  
installed in /usr/local can interfere with MacPorts. Using /usr/local  
as your MacPorts prefix is not supported.

> and I also have stuff in /sw apps installed by Fink. Although the
> Fink doc state that because it installs its files in /sw it does not
> interfere with other apps.

I don't care what the Fink docs say. :) Items installed in /sw and / 
usr/local can interfere with software that MacPorts wants to install.  
It is not supported to have two different package managers installed.  
That means it may work for you but I won't help you with it. :)

> I am a little nervous about disabling thing as I am new at this
> and I don't want to screw up my system or the other apps I
> have managed to install which is not yet backed up.

Move /sw and /usr/local out of the way by renaming them to /sw-off  
and /usr/local-off. Then try again. If things now work, you'll know / 
sw or /usr/local interfered.

You can always rename them back to /sw and /usr/local temporarily  
while you need to use what's in there, but your long term solution is  
to install all that software with MacPorts, then get rid of /sw and / 

> I have uninstalled and re-installed boost.
> As stated in your email I did the following:
> My-Computer:~ tw2$ sudo port deactivate boost
> Password:
> --->  Deactivating boost
> My-Computer:~ tw2$ sudo port clean --work boost
> --->  Cleaning boost
> My-Computer:~ tw2$ sudo port configure boost
> My-Computer:~ tw2$ open $(port dir boost)
> My-Computer:~ tw2$
> The first time I did this, I was able to open a work
> directory and I have attached it to a separate email.
> However, out of curiosity, I opened the file as it
> did not have config in its name but the file only
> contained two words 'variant: +darwin'.
> I assumed that I had made an error so I reactivated
> boost and tried again but each time I try, the work
> directory is now an alias that I can't open.

Sorry; I gave incorrect instructions. It seems that because the boost  
port was still installed (though deactivated), "port configure" did  
nothing, hence there was nothing in the work directory. (The work  
directory is, by the way, always an alias to another location.)

Uninstall boost instead of deactivating it. Then "port configure"  
should actually configure, and then you can find the config.log and  
attach it.

> While I was re-installing boost I saw the following
> appear in the Terminal:
> Building Boost.Regex with the optional Unicode/ICU support disabled.
> Please refer to the Boost.Regex documentation for more information
> (don't panic: this is a strictly optional feature).
> I don't know if this has anything to do with the error I have been  
> getting
> 'configure: error: Could not link against boost_regex-boost_regex- 
> mt !'
> when trying to install mkvToolnix. I did have a look at the  
> Boost.Regex
> documentation but the info 'Building with Unicode and ICU Support' and
> other thing mentioned,  is way beyond me.

I don't know the significance of that message. I'm not really  
familiar with boost.

Tomorrow I'll try configuring it again on my system and see if it  
says the same thing.

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