binaries list

Gregory Seidman gsslist+macports at
Tue Jul 3 17:42:18 PDT 2012

On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 07:57:27PM -0400, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM, Gregory Seidman <
> gsslist+macports at> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 07:09:17PM -0400, Jeremy Lavergne wrote:
> > > That's how it just works.
> >
> > Well, no, it doesn't just work. I want to issue a single port command, e.g.
> > port upgrade outdated, and have it install binaries where available and
> > install anything else from source. I want to *prefer* binaries without
> > *restricting* to binaries.
> >
> If that's not how it works by default for you, then you need to check your
> /opt/local/etc/macports/macports.conf (there should be a stock one in the
> same directory).  Also, don't pass the -b or -s options to the "port"
> command, which options force binary or source build modes on a particular
> run.
> The default behavior is to attempt to download a prebuilt package, and if
> that fails then do a source build.

If I don't specify -b, I always seem to build from source. What should I be
looking for in the macports.conf?

Also, is there any way to do something similar to port list outdated that
will tell me whether a binary of a newer version is available?

> brandon s allbery                                      allbery.b at

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