Phil Dobbin phildobbin at
Thu Aug 30 03:18:02 PDT 2012

Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> On Aug 29, 2012, at 18:27, Phil Dobbin wrote:
>> So if I `sudo cp -R /opt/local/macports` to a suitable location
> There's no such directory in a standard MacPorts install... There is /opt/local/etc/macports, /opt/local/share/macports, and /opt/local/var/macports.

Yeah, sorry my mistake. I left off the `/etc`

>> & use
>> the ports installed file (I regularly take a snapshot of ports installed
>> via `port -qv installed > myports.txt`) that should give me a head start
>> in case alarm bells start to toll?
> By saving the list of installed ports, should your MacPorts installation become so garbled that the "port" command can no longer run or can no longer read the registry of installed ports, you could nuke your MacPorts install using the uninstallation instructions in the Guide, and then use the reinstallation script on the Migration page to reinstall the ports based on the myports.txt file.
>> I'll also study the migration page although Snow Leopard is where I get
>> off the train as far as OS X is concerned.
> I mentioned the Migration page not because you're migrating between OS releases but because it discusses how to reinstall a set of ports, which is what you asked how to do.

Again, apologies. Still a bit miffed about the direction Apple have
taken as it's of no use to me. But I've been using a Mac since 1987 &
I'm sorry to see "our relationship" end. Be a lot cheaper for me now
though :-)

Thanks to everybody for their help,



But masters, remember that I am an ass.
Though it be not written down,
yet forget not that I am an ass.

    Wm. Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

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