MacPorts without root privileges: how?

Daniel J. Luke dluke at
Tue Feb 15 08:14:23 PST 2011

On Feb 15, 2011, at 8:32 AM, Gf B wrote:
> No such luck, however, with the postgresql90-server port.  This port
> is basically uninstallable without root privileges.  

That's because all it does is install the startupitem/launchd script (and set up the postgres user and group).

> This is highly
> annoying to someone who has done dozens of PostgreSQL server
> installations before.  

so just install postgresql90 and set up the user/group and however you want to start it up manually.

> What I
> can't figure out is how to tell MacPorts that this port should be
> considered installed and active.

There is no supported way to do that.

Daniel J. Luke                                                                   
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