running macports along with homebrew
jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Thu Feb 15 13:16:09 UTC 2018
On 14/02/18 23:42, Michael wrote:
>> I think we should look at ways in which MacPorts is harder to use and see if we can address those.
> I'd say that being able to install software without having to use sudo would be my number one.
Personally, one of the reasons I choose MacPorts over the alternatives
many years back when I was new to OSX was precisely *because* MacPorts
uses sudo to install, and not my regular user account. I want the
software installation prefix controlled by an account I do not have
write access to by default...
What exactly are your problems with using sudo ? If its just the fact
you have to enter a password, then that is easily solvable by you just
editing your sudoers file, to give your user account access to run the
port command via sudo without needing to give it. I always do this on
the systems I work on, as it allows me to run port without the
inconvenience of entering the password all the time, but with all the
benefits of having the installation read only other wise.
Just my thoughts, but MacPorts should not be looking to change its way
of working to match what the likes of homebrew does. We should embrace
what makes it different (better) and instead put more emphasis to
One thing perhaps we could do is look more at the web site. No offense
to the maintainers, but I think if average user looking into package
managers looks at our respective web sites, its not perhaps that
surprising why at that first point of contact with them they drift more
to homebrew. If we want get more of those users, that is IMHO where we
should first make the effort...
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