Default `convert` command - MacPorts ImageMagick vs. existing installation

Sam Kuper sam.kuper at
Fri Sep 30 19:13:26 PDT 2011

> From: Mr. Puneet Kishor <punk.kish at>
> Date: 29 September 2011 14:27
> I don't think your assumption is correct. As far as I know, Apple will never install anything in `/usr/local/` and definitely not so on a machine fresh from the factory. By convention, `/usr/local/` is for the stuff that the user installs.

> From: Daniel J. Luke <dluke at>
> Date: 29 September 2011 15:08
> Nope, Apple doesn't install anything in /usr/local (that place is reserved for local system administrator use - ie. you).

> From: Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at>
> Date: 29 September 2011 20:40
> No, Apple does not install software in /usr/local. That directory is traditionally for users to install software into.

Thanks, folks: consensus established; and since the consensus is that
my assumption was wrong, I now agree with the decision to mark as
invalid the bug I filed against the ImageMagick port.

After a bit of digital archaeology, I'm sure the version of `convert`
that was installed in /usr/local/bin got there due to my having
installed MacTex a couple of years ago. (See in case you're
interested to know which utilities are bundled with MacTex.) I'm now
going to consider uninstalling MacTex.

Thanks again,


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