MacPorts OS X 10.6.2 install problem

Ian Roache deusxmac at
Wed Feb 24 20:32:06 PST 2010

I've copied a set of the default files into a working directory for reference, but using the sudo cp command as suggested returns:

usage: cp [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-fi | -n] [-apvX] source_file target_file
       cp [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-fi | -n] [-apvX] source_file ... target_directory

I'll familiarise myself with the syntax and try again.

Many thanks for your help - much obliged


On 25/02/2010, at 3:01 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> On Feb 24, 2010, at 21:55, Ian Roache wrote:
>> I think you're right about an OpenDarwin install years ago - completely forgotten. Your suggestion certainly looks like the solution, except that I can't find a way to change the read-only permissions to allow editing. Using mv to replace old with newly-edited files fails because of the same problem.
> Become the superuser using the sudo command. And you should copy, not move; keep the defaults files as a reminder of what the defaults are. For example:
> cd /opt/local/etc/macports
> sudo cp macports.conf.default macports.conf
> sudo cp sources.conf.default sources.conf
> sudo cp variants.conf.default variants.conf

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