Prebuilt alternatives

Kenneth Miller kennethadammiller at
Tue Sep 25 22:09:41 PDT 2012

Thanks, this is the reply that I was looking for. Sorry, wish I would have found that first, but I didn't know where to look or what phrase to google after I had already looked for a while.

 From: Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at>
To: Kenneth Miller <kennethadammiller at> 
Cc: "macports-users at" <macports-users at>; "macports-dev at" <macports-dev at> 
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: Prebuilt alternatives

On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM, Kenneth Miller <kennethadammiller at> wrote:

Why does macports insist on using only local builds? I mean, this is a lot like gentoo, where you download and 

(a) Gentoo, like MacPorts, is inspired by *BSD ports which is build from source.

(b) If you are on a supported platform (currently 10.6 / 10.7 Intel x86 / x86-64) using default variants and with default install path, *and* the port's license permits binary redistribution, *and* you have not forced source only with -s or the appropriate macports.conf configuration item, then it will try to download a binary package.

I would suggest reading sometime.
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