Packages ignoring applications_dir

Bryan Blackburn blb at
Thu Sep 8 19:06:35 PDT 2011

On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 06:52:22PM -0700, Scott Webster said:
> It forces a build from source if you use a non-standard prefix?  Wouldn't it
> be straightforward to just replicate the same files into an alternate
> location?  The situation here seems slightly more complex since we're
> outside the $prefix/ tree...

Yup, if your prefix is not /opt/local, port always builds from source.
Libraries and executables both have hardcoded paths in them (you can use
'otool -L /some/lib/or/executable' to see) so building to one location then
moving will definitely break things.

There are also some ports with things like ${prefix}/etc and other paths
compiled into binaries, config files with paths, and so on.  All of that
means relocating would be a mess at best...


> On Sep 8, 2011 6:38 PM, "Bryan Blackburn" <blb at> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 06:43:24PM -0500, Adam Mercer said:
> > Hi
> >
> > In my macports.conf I have app...
> Hmm, the build server is probably set to the default for applications_dir
> (and frameworks) so all the packages from it are going to respect its
> settings.
> I guess the best option would be to make sure port only builds from source
> anytime those are non-default (like it does with prefix).
> Bryan
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Adam

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