MacPorts and Brew

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Mon Apr 1 08:16:08 PDT 2013

On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Alex Santos <santoscork at> wrote:

> Warning: You have MacPorts or Fink installed:
>   /opt/local/bin/port
> This can cause trouble. You don't have to uninstall them, but you may want
> to
> temporarily move them out of the way, e.g.

You cannot safely run any of MacPorts, Fink, or Homebrew with any of the
others installed, unless you are very careful about moving the others'
trees to non-obvious locations when installing a package in one of them.
(Only partly true for Fink since it's typically binary packages, but it can
still screw up the others.) This is not really a bug, more a fact of life:
if any of them try to use anything installed by the others, you end up with
a complete mess. (Just try convincing ALL the upstream packages to not
search anywhere they can think of for their dependencies. We all try, often
unsuccessfully; configure is just too smart/persistent.)

I'm surprised MacPorts didn't complain about /usr/local. Maybe you haven't
tried to install anything yet?

brandon s allbery kf8nh                               sine nomine associates
allbery.b at                                  ballbery at
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