Looking for a clue... where do I start if I want to contribute a patch to a broken port?

Sterling Smith smithsp at fusion.gat.com
Fri Sep 13 09:20:51 PDT 2013

>> 2) Do I edit patches & the portfile in place on my /opt filesystem, or can I build a port from within my own source tree?
> Either will work. If you work in /opt consider switching from rsync to svn to preserve your work:
> http://guide.macports.org/#installing.macports.subversion
> See item 3 in above link.
> https://trac.macports.org/wiki/howto/SyncingWithSVN


I found that the instructions for using a local repository were useful:
The one sticking point is that with a usual installation of MacPorts, I had to put my local ports into a different directory than indicated (something about permissions problems).  I put them in /usr/local/ports/.  (Yes, I have read the Macports instructions to not have anything there....)

Note also that macports-dev at lists.macosforge.org is the place to discuss portfile development.  I found that reading the messages in that list keeps me up to date about what the latest development efforts are and gives perspective about the human nature of the developers.


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