Multiple Variants

Chris Jones jonesc at
Tue Oct 22 06:33:27 PDT 2013

On 22/10/13 14:31, Derek Ng wrote:
> Thanks! I was referring to the first option. So I guess to install vim with
> both huge and python27 functionality, I would use this install command?
> port install vim +huge +python27
> i.e., vim will have both functionalities without having to switch from one
> to the other?

correct. You can enable as many variants as you like, as long as they 
don't conflict with each other (which if the Portfile is properly set up 
will not be allowed).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clemens Lang [mailto:neverpanic at] On Behalf Of Clemens Lang
> Sent: October-22-13 9:09 AM
> To: Derek Ng
> Cc: macports-users at
> Subject: Re: Multiple Variants
> On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 08:09:20AM -0400, Derek Ng wrote:
>> Can you install and have multiple variants active at the same time? Or
>> are you limited to only one active variant, and then you have to
>> switch between them?
> If you're talking about something like
>    cairo +quartz+x11, or
>    vim +huge+python27
> that's certainly possible.
> If you're talking about having a copy of
>    cairo +x11, and
>    cario +quartz
> and those active at the same time, that's not possible, which is what
> Brandon is referring to.
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