New install, how should I set my macports.conf

Scott Haneda talklists at
Sat Jan 23 15:13:31 PST 2010

On Jan 23, 2010, at 3:04 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at>  

> On Jan 23, 2010, at 16:49, Scott Haneda wrote:
>> On Jan 23, 2010, at 1:51 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> I advocated putting +universal in variants.conf on Snow Leopard  
>>> and up. But then I tried it out myself and found too many ports  
>>> that fail when built universal for x86_64/i386. Therefore I cannot  
>>> advocate this change at this time. It would cause too much  
>>> confusion for users.
>> If Apache2, MySql5, php5 plus ahandful if common modules used fir  
>> local dev is my main goal.
>> A few other ports like mtr, and some perl foo here and there, how  
>> do you feel life will be for me with +universal?
> Go for it if you want. They seem to build universal for me.
>> In the past you said you didnot advocate building with intention of  
>> sharing binaries across machines. Understood. That being the case,  
>> why bother with any of this, just default to +universal, if it  
>> fails, clean and -universal. Is that correct?
> Why bother with any of what?

You just answered it nicely below, thank you. Off to MAMP the weekend  

Store www files outside of prefix, or leave them in htdocs, or prefix/ 
www/me ?

I think this go around I'm keeping my personal data in ~. wanted to  
hear others methods.

> Yes, if a universal build fails, you should probably clean and try  
> again non-universal. The inconvenience comes if you have +universal  
> in your variants.conf, because if you then have to bypass a  
> malfunctioning universal variant with -universal in order to  
> install, you have to remember to do so every subsequent time you  
> upgrade the port to a newer version, too.

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