Uninstall port fails, tries to delete /Users when macports installed in $HOME

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Wed Sep 16 16:54:31 PDT 2009

On Sep 16, 2009, at 18:17, Michael Williams wrote:

> I have installed macports 1.8.0 in $HOME/.macports as I do not have  
> admin rights on my system. I did this by running:
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/.macports --with-install-user=$USER -- 
> with-install-group=staff --with-tclpackage=~/Library/Tcl --enable- 
> readline
> Everything seems to have installed fine, but when I uninstall ports  
> I get a rather worrying error message, e.g.
> $ port uninstall bzip2
> --->  Deactivating bzip2 @1.0.5_2+darwin
> Error: port uninstall failed: error deleting "/Users": permission  
> denied
> and the port does not uninstall (still listed in the output of "port  
> installed"). My /Users directory appears to be otherwise intact,  
> although the error message is far from reassuring!
> Is there a workaround to enable me to uninstall ports? And what does  
> the error message mean?

Is /Users a symlink? If so, this is:


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