David J. Haines
daveesq at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 10:25:02 PDT 2009
MacPorts is DarwinPorts, just with a new name. That happened some
time ago, and I would assume that the port files are largely compatible.
Fink is a separate entity altogether; IIRC they do both source and
binary distributions of software. Some would say that consolidation
would make sense, others would say that one does things better than
the other and vice versa. I personally don't like how Fink worked
back in the day, so I've been on darwinports and then macports ever
The BSDs (and I wouldn't say "other BSDs") handle packages
differently. I'm mostly familiiar with FreeBSD, so that's what I'll
discuss. You can install via binary packages on it, but they're
usually out of date and uncustomizable. The only exception is
commercial software, which is often binary package only. Other than
that, there's the ports collection, which is probably the single
biggest reason people use FreeBSD. Essentially, there's a huge
directory tree of Makefiles and you just run "make install clean" for
those you want to install and "make deinstall" for those you want to
uninstall. You update the directory tree to update the Makefiles and
run the uninstall and reinstall for the ports you want to update.
There are a couple of ports that provide port versioning management as
well as binary packaging and other features lacking in the basic ports
implementation. FreeBSD has several times more software than does
As for compatibility, they're surprisingly similar. OS X uses, IIRC,
FreeBSD's userland, so the user's command line experience is
practically identical. They say that launchd will work just fine on
FreeBSD, but I've never tried and it's something you'd have to install
via ports or otherwise.
Please feel free to correct me, everyone. It's been some time since
I've really used FreeBSD seriously.
On Jul 24, 2009, at 1:13 PM, Scott Haneda wrote:
> This may be a silly question, and my phone only access today is
> preventing me from better research.
> Are MacPorts port files compatable with Darwin Ports? Is Darwin
> Ports still even alive?
> Where does Fink fit into all this? If Fink is still active, would it
> not make sense to team up and consolidate the two projects? Perhaps
> there are fundamental differences in Fink and MacPorts.
> What are the package managers for the other BSD's? If I was to
> desire to start using something like FreeBSD or openBSD, would I be
> able to have easy access to all the great software MacPorts offers?
> Getting a little off topic, how parallel are the other BSD's to OS
> X. For example, would I find launchd on free/open BSD?
> Thanks all.
> Iphone says hello.
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