Getting rid of port binaries in /software

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Sun May 22 10:58:40 PDT 2016

On May 22, 2016, at 3:18 AM, Joshua Root wrote:

> Eric A. Borisch wrote:
>> If you are just looking to save some space at the expense of time, you
>> could set:
>> portarchivetype      txz
>> in macports.conf; on some of the big clang/llvm archives this is ~2x
>> improvement...
> Nobody has yet mentioned the very important fact that you can't just change the config file and have this work. Apple does not ship xz with OS X, so there is an obvious bootstrap problem (How do you build the archive of the xz port?) and a somewhat less obvious problem when upgrading xz (you need to extract the archive of the new version *after* the old version has been deactivated).
> So in fact you have to install xz somewhere outside of MacPorts and configure base to use it, before you can make this config file change.

Can we discuss the feasibility of bundling the necessary xz software with MacPorts base, like we already do for tcl?

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