MacPorts without root privileges: how?

Scott Webster sewebster at
Tue Feb 15 12:08:00 PST 2011

I'll just make a general comment, that, in my understanding, MacPorts
is generally intended to be installed with root permissions.  There
are some attempts made to make it possible to work without them, but
with only a limited amount of volunteer time spent maintaining things,
it isn't the top priority.  I'm not saying you're wrong to ask for
help with this, just that if all the answers aren't immediately
forthcoming, it's because this is probably somewhat uncharted
territory!  Good luck!


On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM, Gf B <gbspambucket at> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM, James Berry <jberry at> wrote:
>> On Feb 15, 2011, at 8:17 AM, Gf B wrote:
>>> I've read the manual enough to discover that it doesn't tell you how
>>> to find a port's portfile...  Where is it?  What is it called?
>>> Should one have to read the entire manual just to find this out?
>> typing "port file <portname>" will tell you the path to the Portfile.
> Great.  Thanks!!!
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