Something wrong with MacPorts package installer?

Merton Campbell Crockett m.c.crockett at
Mon Oct 2 04:24:00 UTC 2017

After installing the MacPorts package for macOS High Sierra, I discovered that the ownership of all system directories were changed to root:wheel.  I can no longer build something simple as mtr without encountering the following error.

SPIELPLATZ:~ mcc$ port install mtr
Error: Insufficient privileges to write to MacPorts install prefix.

The version of mtr I built using the MacPorts package for macOS Sierra worked fine until I removed it.  It now gets an error of not being able to obtain a raw socket.

My CCC backup of my system disk made just after completing the upgrade to macOS shows all files in / owned by mcc:root.  After installing the MacPorts package, all files in / are owned by root:wheel.

Merton Campbell Crockett
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