Problem with Macports, homebrew, and ghostscript

Mark Anderson emer at
Wed Feb 12 21:54:34 PST 2014

They've really started to run into the same problems that MacPorts solved
long ago. Considering the their page title is "Homebrew -- MacPorts driving
you to drink? Try Homebrew!", I find pleasure in their difficulty. The only
thing I wish we did that they do is git. But we don't forbid it, so eh.

Mark E. Anderson <emer at>

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM, Arno Hautala <arno at> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM, Art McGee <amcgee at> wrote:
> > Homebrew is mainly intended to be used by developers who use their system
> > almost exclusively for development. They are unconcerned with the
> effects of
> > mucking with /usr/local and it's ownership or permissions.
> I know this is getting off topic, but I disagree with this assessment.
> While I'm sure there are developers that use Homebrew, I think the
> primary audience is the average user who "just wants it to work" (I'm
> sure that demographic includes developers as well). Specifically, the
> user who doesn't understand why MacPorts is taking so long to install
> so many things when all they want is one tool. They're probably
> already running as an administrator and are the only user on the
> system, so who cares if /usr/local is set world writeable? From a
> certain point of view, that seems valid, but it does ignore the
> reasons that led to MacPorts' "complexity" and the steps that MacPorts
> has taken to mitigate some of those concerns (ie. pre-built packages).
> --
> arno  s  hautala    /-|   arno at
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