upgrade outdated is making me miserable

Eric A. Borisch eborisch at ieee.org
Wed Jul 22 09:33:58 PDT 2009

Time machine has saved me from this pain more than once...

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 10:57 PM, Bill Hernandez <ms at mac-specialist.com>wrote:

> On Jul 21, 2009, at 12:08 PM, Lenore Horner wrote:
>  I thought nothing on my list of ports that were outdated was anything I
>> had installed with options beyond what where the defaults I set (not to use
>> X11 specifically).  I thought upgrade at least obeyed the default options.
>>  I knew it didn't obey the hand ones.  Now I have a ton of xorg stuff
>> installing that I definitely absolutely do not want.  Is there any way of
>> undoing this mess other than uninstalling macports entirely and then
>> installing the things I really want individually.  Can I never do upgrade,
>> but must always uninstall and then install port by port?
>> Thanks,
>> Lenore
> Lenore,
> You might want to look at CarbonCopyCloner. Prior to any upgrade clone your
> primary drive. It takes about 15 minutes, its painless.
> I recently bought a hardware raid 1 Guardian Maximus from MacSales.com and
> it has worked spectacularly. It comes with two 1 terabyte drives running
> mirrored backup. I partitioned them into seven partitions, and backup using
> CCC which does bootable backups, so at different stages during the setup
> process on OS X Server, I would clone the boot drive to the next available
> partition, and if something got screwed up during the next phase of setup,
> all I had to do was boot from the previous partition, CCC clone back to the
> primary drive, restart and press on....
> I ran into a number of problems setting up Leopard Server, and CCC saved me
> several times. I have since begun doing the same thing on my iMac
> workstation, and am really happy. An upgrade on MacPorts qualifies...
> PsyncX never worked correctly creating bootable partition backups for me. I
> have also used Synchronize Pro X for some time, and even though I use it to
> backup or synchronize directories, I have not been able to get any of them
> to work as well as CCC for bootable clones.
> BTW the Maximus drive can run on one drive if the other one fails for any
> reason, once you replace the bad drive, the good one will mirror the new
> one. Even when I partitioned the drive, I partitioned one, it mirrored the
> other one via hardware. It is awesome, especially it was only $325 which was
> about the same they wanted for lesser quality drives at Fry's.
> I was at the Apple Store yesterday and they were selling a really
> rinky-dink raid drive in a plastic enclosure for about the same price. THe
> one I got comes in a beautiful metal enclosure.
> http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/usb/raid_1/Gmax
> Disclosure : I don't know anyone at MacSales, I have no involvement with
> them, I found the drive on the web, and bought it.
> Best Regards,
> Bill Hernandez
> Plano, Texas
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