stuck in loop with restore_ports.tcl migrating to macOS Sierra (10.12.1)

Joshua Root jmr at
Sat Nov 5 17:51:08 CET 2016

Bachsau wrote:
> Am 02.11.2016 um 23:48 schrieb Murray Eisenberg:
>> After upgrading from OS X El Capitan to macOS Sierra (10.12.1), I’m
>> following the migration steps at
> Against the recommendations in that article, I discovered the easiest
> way to migrate is to reinstall MacPorts base and just do a port
> selfupdate && port upgrade outdated. Chances to run into problems are
> minimal and much lower than going the recomended way.

The best thing that can be said for that approach is that it may well 
work. It doesn't always, and it wouldn't have solved the OP's problem.

Trust me, if we could safely tell people to just run 'port upgrade 
outdated', we would. But experience over many years of OS updates has 
resulted in the recommended Migration procedure. We couldn't make this 
stuff up if we tried; real users ran into real, often confusing, 
problems. So I have to disagree with your statement that the recommended 
way has a higher chance of running into problems.

- Josh

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