Is it possible to roll-back all of MacPorts to earlier version?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Tue Jan 10 21:24:12 UTC 2017

> On Jan 10, 2017, at 12:06, Fielding, Eric J (329A) <eric.j.fielding at> wrote:
> I use the QGIS installed with MacPorts and it has been working great for years. When I did the regular “port selfupdate” and “upgrade outdated” recently, I was not able to get the latest version of QGIS to build, which already had a ticket open. I also find that I cannot run the previous version because it crashes, presumably because one of the dynamically linked libraries changed. I opened a new ticket about this.
> I was wondering if there is a way to roll back all of the MacPorts ports to the versions as of a month ago, when QGIS was working for me.

There is no particular support for that built into MacPorts.

You could certainly backdate an entire git clone of the macports-ports repository to an older point in time, but it might not be straightforward to then get MacPorts to determine which of your installed ports are now "too new" and should be backdated to older versions.

It might work to record a list of installed active ports in a text file -- including the variants you've selected, but excluding the version numbers:

port -qv installed active | sed -E -e 's/@[^_]+_[0-9]+//' -e 's/ \(active\).*$//' > ~/Desktop/active_ports.txt

Then clone the macports-ports repository and backdate it to whatever old commit you want. And configure sources.conf to use that git clone instead of the rsync server.

Then deactivate all active ports:

sudo port -f deactivate active

Then tell MacPorts to install all the ports you recorded in the text file:

xargs sudo port install < ~/Desktop/active_ports.txt

For any ports whose versions have not changed, this should result in the already-installed ports just being reactivated, and for any ports that were at different versions then, they'll be installed with that version.

I have not really tested this, so having a good backup of your computer before attempting this would be a good idea.

> I found the “HOW TO” about installing an older version of a single port, which uses the old “svn” system. I tried to use that, but the last version in the svn repository no longer compiles with the present versions of the other libraries. It seems like I would need to get the older versions of all the libraries, and QGIS has quite a long list.
> I had an older version of QGIS running on one of my computers until yesterday, but I had to reboot the computer and now I can’t restart it.
> Thanks for any suggestions.
>           ++Eric

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