shell command failed

Felix Emil Drud felix.drud at
Sat Oct 20 15:52:31 PDT 2012


I was trying to install pkgconfig libao, by doing this:

sudo port install pkgconfig libao
--->  Computing dependencies for pkgconfig
--->  Dependencies to be installed: libiconv gperf
--->  Configuring gperf
Error: Target org.macports.configure returned: configure failure: shell command failed (see log for details)
Error: Failed to install gperf
Log for gperf is at: /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_release_tarballs_ports_devel_gperf/gperf/main.log
Error: The following dependencies were not installed: libiconv gperf
Error: Status 1 encountered during processing.
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I keep getting the "shell command failed" error whenever i try to install anything, using macports.
I tried searching for the error and found a mailing list archive where it said that i should try reinstalling db46:

sudo port -f uninstall db46
sudo port clean --all db46
sudo port install db46

I did this but received the following error, when executing the last command:

Does anyone know how i can solve this issue?

Thank you very much for your time
Felix Emil Drud
"Stay hungry, stay foolish." -Whole Earth Catalog

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