Why doesn't macports install prebuild packages?

Jasper Frumau jasperfrumau at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 02:05:33 PST 2009


> > I also wonder. Maybe it is not so popular with the base developpers.
> As far as I am aware, the base developers all think this would be a
> great idea. Feel free to implement it.
> <http://trac.macports.org/wiki/FAQ#whynotxyz>
> > The only missing code would be the fetching of those packages when the
> '-b'
> > switch is used, no ?
> Also the code to build and/or manage submissions of all the archives.
> (And the fetching isn't necessarily as simple as it sounds.)

Apparently it is pretty hard as people have wanted this for years. As Ryan

*We would love this as well, and have wanted it for years. So far, nobody
has contributed the necessary code to make it happen.*

I am not a base developer so for me this is hard to judge or comprehend, but
is there not any open source code available used by other package managers
or repositories that can be used to start a Mac Ports package manager
project? How many base developers does Mac Ports have a the moment that have
spare time to invest into this is another question of course. Good
developers tend to be busy people and very popular.
I am definitely available for the documentation creation if a repository /
package project gets of the ground as that will be something I can take care
of ....
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