Problem installing KDE/Amarok

Hal Vaughan hal at
Wed Jun 24 11:05:26 PDT 2009

I just installed MacPorts yesterday.  I'm trying to install Amarok and  
yesterday I typed "sudo port install amarok" yesterday.  It took qt  
hours to build.  Last night, when I got home about 9 pm, the terminal  
was not responding and clicking it gave me the spinning pinwheel.  I  
can't scroll or anything.  Ports has a message displayed: Installing  
kdebase4-runtime @4.2.4_0."  It's been at that stage since 9 pm last  
night (it's now about 2 pm the next day).  The terminal is locked up  
and I don't know if it's still building KDE and installing or if it's  
locked up.

I've asked for help on #kde-mac, but with 20 people in that group,  
nobody seems active.

I don't know if I should kill the terminal and therefore the ports  
process or if it just takes that long.  My guess is that KDE is big  
and it takes a lot of time and may take notable CPU resources, thus  
locking up the terminal for a while.  If that's so, I can deal with  
it, but for now, I can't run another instance of Terminal unless I  
reboot, and I don't know if restarting the port command will just put  
me in the same fix before.

I'm on an iMac with OS X 10.5.7, a 2.4 Ghz Intel 2 core CPU with 4 GB  
of 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.  Not the latest, but no slouch either.  Does it  
take over 17 hours to install KDE with such a system?

Also I know that there are messages of commands I have to run on the  
terminal, but I only see a few, so I don't know if rebooting will mean  
I can't access any that have scrolled off the top yet.

Thanks for any guidance or help on this.


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