Where should non-macports sw be installed? (Was: Problem with Macports, homebrew, and ghostscript

Mark Anderson emer at emer.net
Fri Feb 14 08:46:56 PST 2014

I also install into /opt/<something> where <something> expands to something
descriptive of all the crap I am installing in there. Then I can turn PATHs
on and off depending. This is really important for playing with things like
the gtk+ cocoa that needs its whole space to itself. Just DONT use /opt or
/opt/local of course. I also set them to be owned by my user, so I don't
have to sudo to install. If I do, I know something is up.


Mark E. Anderson <emer at emer.net>

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM, Arno Hautala <arno at alum.wpi.edu> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM, Gregory Shenaut <gkshenaut at ucdavis.edu>
> wrote:
> > I understand why installing in /usr/local can mess up macports, but
> macports doesn't have everything, and most third-party software wants to go
> into /usr/local. Where should this stuff go, if not /usr/local?
> I install everything into my home folder.
> > ./configure --prefix=~/local/
> > make && make install
> If you need it available system-wide, just pick some other custom
> location (ie. /custom/). In any case, just make sure you're consistent
> (update your PATH) and point your configure script to the right place
> if the software can't find the libraries in your path or you need to
> override libraries that are in your path.
> The longer answer is that I use stow
> (http://www.gnu.org/software/stow/ ; and available in MacPorts) to
> assemble the bin, man, etc. directories. Stow isn't required, but it
> does help manage the software that isn't being managed by MacPorts.
> So, I might install a piece of software with:
> > ./configure --prefix=~/local/stow/foo-1.2.4
> > make && make install
> > cd ~/local/stow
> > stow foo-1.2.4
> Stow just allows you to easily add and remove versions of software by
> linking a hiearchy of directories into a common location. I might have
> foo-1.2.4, foo-1.2.6, bar-3.9, but only have foo-1.2.4 and bar-3.9
> active. I can the upgrade to foo-1.2.6 by running:
> > cd ~/local/stow
> > stow -D foo-1.2.4
> > stow foo-1.2.6
> > rm -rf foo-1.2.4
> --
> arno  s  hautala    /-|   arno at alum.wpi.edu
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