problem installing latest (and older) Macports

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Fri Jan 17 17:09:33 PST 2014

On Jan 17, 2014, at 18:57, John Graybeal <jbgraybeal at> wrote:

>> It should be the same as for any version: download the installer package and run it.
> the site I found for 1.7.1 download (had all the historical Macports releases) only had the tar.gz2, which I unpacked, bu tthere was no installer package (that I recognized), no README, and I couldn't decipher what the top-level Make command would be ('Make clean' didn't work; may have given up too early on this path though).   And I couldn't make go either.
> could have been operator error, but I think it was underdocumented.
> john
> <Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 4.55.39 PM.png>

That’s the source code, not the pre-compiled installer. To use the source code, you would need to compile it; we have separate instructions for that:

Installing the pre-compiled binaries is easier:

However Leopard was the newest OS X version available at the time, so that’s the newest OS for which a pre-compiled binary of 1.7.1 exists, and you shouldn’t install that on newer OS X versions.

So uninstalling the old version like you did is indeed best.

A lot has changed in MacPorts since 2005. Let us know if you have any questions.

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