Migration Assistant moved MacPorts home directories

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Fri Mar 3 03:08:12 UTC 2017

> On Mar 2, 2017, at 08:52, mf2k at macports.org wrote:
>> On Mar 1, 2017, at 5:26 PM, Bradley Giesbrecht <pixilla at macports.org> wrote:
>>> On Mar 1, 2017, at 4:13 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at macports.org> wrote:
>>> I'm just unclear why I'm the first to report this problem. Has nobody used migration assistant? Or has everybody just ended up with broken installations and either not realized or not bothered to report it?
>> I have used migration assistant with the approach I mentioned, I migrated only my “home” account and followed the MacPorts migration instructions. If I ended up with broken ports I yet to notice. Perhaps we could register the accounts port creates along with file permissions and provide “fix permissions” functionality similar to Disk Utility.
> I have used the Migration Assistant many times. I too only ever migrate the real user account(s) I am interested in. I do not migrate those system level accounts. 

I guess that answers one of my questions: By unchecking those checkboxes next to those accounts/directories, you're saying that neither the account nor its home directory get migrated?

Did you verify whether any of those accounts owned any other files -- logfiles, directories, for example -- and what happened to them after you reinstalled those ports on the new system, presumably resulting in those accounts now having different ids?

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