Do I need +universal to be used when installing ports?

Barrie Stott zen146410 at
Sat Apr 29 20:23:20 UTC 2017

On 29 Apr 2017, at 16:13, Richard L. Hamilton <rlhamil at> wrote:
> In favor of getting rid of it, the pre-built binaries (much faster to install or upgrade) aren't built +universal; so if you get rid of it, you'll often get them.  Some things aren't pre-built, so you won't always get them, but it's still way faster.
> There may be some ports or port options that need i386 (I don't know), but they should do the right thing.  (that's not based on massive familiarity, so someone that knows more than I may know of exceptions to that statement)
> I would _guess_ therefore, that it would only matter if you have i386 code of your own that links with libraries provided by MacPorts.  You'd be the one that would know that.

Many thanks for this, Richard. You’re more or less confirming what I think myself. I’ve not created any i386 code personally so after the weekend I’ll probably decide to to stick with just x86_64. No reply needed and I’m very grateful for your reply.


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