Trouble upgrading Macports to Sierra

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Thu Mar 30 18:04:08 UTC 2017

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Langer, Stephen A. (Fed) <
stephen.langer at> wrote:

> This reminds me of something I’ve been wondering about.  Why do the
> migration instructions recommend explicitly reinstalling all previously
> installed ports, and then optionally marking the previously requested ports
> as “requested”?   Isn’t it simpler to explicitly reinstall only the
> previously requested ports, and let macports figure out the dependencies?
> That way, if the dependencies have changed you only are reinstalling the
> necessary ports and there’s no need to fiddle with the requested status
> afterwards.

That will usually work --- but not always. Often this is because of buggy
dependencies in Portfiles; the only reliable way to catch them is to always
build in trace mode, but that's painfully slow.

brandon s allbery kf8nh                               sine nomine associates
allbery.b at                                  ballbery at
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