How long does a complete build work?

guylinton guy.linton at
Sat Mar 20 12:04:26 PDT 2010

I appreciate that MacPorts is largely(?) a volunteer effort, but it seems
that there is a very short time when a full build works.

I have been trying to update my build  (of Gramps) since 16 March.

zlib (which went wrong on 15 March was updated to fix the problems with many
ports under ticket 24067  on 19
March 2010.

I have now started a build from scratch (building gcc43 takes about 6 hours
on my 2.1 Ghz PowerPC G5, the rest of the builds take about 5 hours in all,
but can't be just left because of failures!)

Unfortunately, libproxy was updated from 0.3.0 to 0.4.0 on 17 March, and
this now fails ticket 24127 ticket

deesto under 24083 says "I've been trying to install GIMP via ports for
weeks now; this is my 3rd or 4th related broken port to follow :("   "... my
comment was meant simply to outline my frustration overall in trying to
install what I initially saw as one port, which relies on many others, just
one of which being zlib. In any case, I certainly did not expect so many
complications. I've installed many ports in the past, but this is a new
system and I'm starting from scratch."

What is the usual average time for which a whole build works without error?
On this evidence it is minus 2 days (19 Mar to 17 Mar)!
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