Help rebuilding ports list... How do I do a 'port provides' without port contents?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Thu Oct 9 02:50:38 PDT 2014

On Oct 9, 2014, at 4:46 AM, steve jenkin wrote:
> Thanks very much for those answers. I’ve installed what I could.
> I’ve got gcc 4.5 and llvm 3.3/3.6 installed. They don’t have those programs anymore.

Yup, seems you're right.

> It wasn’t obvious from any of the doco that I read that ‘selfupdate’ contained the Macports program.

selfupdate updates MacPorts base, and the ports tree.

> I was wondering if there was a comprehensive place to look within macports.
> It seems in old versions there was a database like the Debian ‘Contents’ file, but now ‘port contents' is handled by the '.tar.bz2’ files used to deactivate/activate, so its not possible to easily recover if the contents files are lost.

There is no central database of port contents at this time. It might be added to the new MacPorts web site in the future.

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