Conflicts with OSX Server

Alejandro Imass aimass at
Thu Nov 29 11:25:53 PST 2012

On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM, William H. Magill <magill at> wrote:
> Are there any inherent conflicts between Mac Ports and OSX Server -- aside
> from the obvious ones of having two versions of, say, Apache installed.
> I'm installing/updating a new Mac mini from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion
> and have re-installed Mac Ports and installed OSX Server.

I'm not a Macports expert but I am somewhat skilled in FreeBSD. AFAIK
the philosophy is the same: you have a base system and then apps
clearly separated. Macports does not affect the base system much (if
not at all) because everything is clearly separated in /opt/local
except maybe for some start-up items but I'm pretty sure not even
that. In other words, theoretically if you wipe /opt/local nothing
else should be affected.

In systems that do this clean separation you will always have
duplicates of things like the MTA, WebServer and popular languages
like Perl or Python, etc. It is up to the sysadmin to determine which
one he will use. E.g. in FreeBSD I _always_ use the ports versions and
in fact, I don't touch the base system except for maybe a custom
kernel. Everything else I use in separate jails for each service. I do
the same thing on Mac, that is, I always use the ports version and
never touch the base system.


Alejandro Imass

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