running macports along with homebrew

David Strubbe dstrubbe at
Tue Aug 29 21:43:35 UTC 2017

Hi Mojca,

How do you hide a prefix when installing?


On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:39 PM, Mojca Miklavec <
mojca.miklavec.lists at> wrote:

> On 29 August 2017 at 23:24, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> > On Aug 29, 2017, at 07:08, db wrote:
> >
> >> best practice for running macports along with homebrew
> >
> > The best practice is not to do that. We don't support it. It can cause
> you problems that we don't want to spend time investigating, because they
> wouldn't be problems if you hadn't also used a second package manager.
> ... but if you really really want to have Homebrow installed alongside
> MacPorts, then the most important piece of advice is NOT to install
> Homebrew to its default location. Put it under some obscure prefix and
> ideally hide the path to Homebrew while installing new ports with
> MacPorts.
> Having Hombrew under /usr/local and then using MacPorts (esp. without
> the trace mode) is the best recipe for running into numerous problems
> that are nearly impossible to fix. I would say that it's generally a
> relatively bad idea to have Homebrew inside /usr/local, but of course
> that depends on usage patterns.
> Similarly, when you install Homebrew packages, hide the prefix to
> MacPorts (even though some badly written configure scripts may still
> look for files inside MacPorts prefix, but that's not as frequent).
> As a general rule of thumb having just one manager is a lot
> better/easier/safer. With two systems it's easy to run into problems
> unless you know very well what you are doing.
> But most important: in case you do end up with two systems, make sure
> to quadruple check before submitting any bug reports to make sure that
> the error is not due to the packages intermixed with each other. And
> make sure to mention the fact that you are using two package managers
> in any tickets or emails.
> Mojca
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