any way to use OS 10.3.9?

David Prager Branner brannerchinese at
Thu Nov 8 17:18:00 PST 2012

I have OS 10.3.9 on an old iBook, with Xcode v. 1.5 installed. No higher
versions of the OS can be installed on this hardware.

I was able to install and build Macports 1.710, apparently without
problems, but on the initial

    sudo port -v selfupdate

I get what appears to be a fatal error:

    Command output: checking build system type... powerpc-apple-darwin7.9.0
    checking host system type... powerpc-apple-darwin7.9.0
    checking target system type... powerpc-apple-darwin7.9.0
    checking MacPorts version... 2.1.2
    checking for sw_vers... /usr/bin/sw_vers
    checking for defaults... /usr/bin/defaults
    checking for xcode-select... no
    checking Mac OS X version... 10.3.9
    configure: error: This version of Mac OS X is not supported
                      Please upgrade at

Are there any options I can use to enable even partial compatibility with
my ancient system? Or am I sunk?

Thanks in advance.

- dpb
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