[MacPorts] #24732: zlib-1.2.5.tar.bz2 fetch fails

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Fri May 14 15:56:49 PDT 2010

On May 10, 2010, at 13:59, Mick Alvey wrote:

> From: MacPorts [mailto:noreply at macports.org] 
> Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 4:00 AM
> To: alvey at shaw.ca; macports-tickets at lists.macosforge.org
> Cc: ryandesign at macports.org
> Subject: Re: [MacPorts] #24732: zlib-1.2.5.tar.bz2 fetch fails
>> #24732: zlib-1.2.5.tar.bz2 fetch fails
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>>  Reporter:  alvey@…        |       Owner:  macports-tickets@…                   
>>      Type:  defect         |      Status:  closed                               
>>  Priority:  Normal         |   Milestone:                                       
>> Component:  ports          |     Version:  1.8.2                                
>> Resolution:  invalid        |    Keywords:                                       
>>      Port:  zlib           |  
>> ----------------------------+-----------------------------------------------
>> Changes (by ryandesign@…):
>>  * status:  new => closed
>>  * resolution:  => invalid
>> Comment:
>> Closing due to lack of response; hope you were able to fetch and install
>> zlib.


> No I was not - did not have any response that I know of - just this email...
> There are some major version issues between MacPorts and fink - why is this? The MACBook Pro Snow Leopard install seems to be too far behind or too new to have these ports or fink packages to install properly. 
> Now my MAC OSX install is corrupted to a degree - and of course the only god way to fix this is a complete new install of MAC OSX, which I am not happy about.
> Too bad though - it would be nice if you could reliably run both an X Window System and MAC OSX - but it just won't work - the longstanding problem with open source software...
> Mike Alvey

I'm sorry to hear that you were not able to resolve the issues fetching and installing zlib. Let's continue this discussion on the macports-users mailing list, since tickets are not a good place to have conversations, and these questions are about how to use MacPorts. You will need to subscribe to macports-users before you can post a reply there. That can be done here:


You should have received a prior email from the issue tracker a couple weeks ago when I entered my response into the ticket. If you did not, you can read my response here:


To answer your questions above: I'm not sure what you mean by "major version issues between MacPorts and fink" but what I do know is that you should only use one package manager at a time. Choose either MacPorts or Fink, and uninstall the other. They will interfere with one another in strange ways otherwise so we cannot support such setups and we cannot help you with the problems you will encounter as a result.

I'm not sure what you mean when you say your "MAC OSX install is corrupted to a degree". If you elaborate, maybe we can help.

I'm not sure what you mean by a "longstanding problem with open source software" related to "reliably run[ning] both an X Window System and MAC OSX" because the Mac certainly does allow you to use X software at the same time as regular Mac software. Many of us do this on a regular basis. If you explain the difficulties you're experiencing, maybe we can help.

To the issue that originally prompted you to file the above ticket, you were apparently unable to fetch the zlib distfile. The file does exist on the servers the portfile is looking at, so I suspect a problem with your network. As I mentioned in my response earlier, check your network settings, see if you are able to download the file from the web site in a web browser, and if you use a proxy, you may have to tell MacPorts about it by editing your macports.conf. You can also manually download distfiles and place them in the directory where MacPorts is looking for them; in the case of zlib, this would be /opt/local/var/macports/distfiles/zlib.

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