Can not remove the new MacPorts Mojave package

Vincent Habchi vince at
Fri Nov 9 19:56:43 UTC 2018

Hi again,

>>>>> rm: /opt/local/var/macports/home/Library: Operation not permitted
>>>>> rm: /opt/local/var/macports/home: Operation not permitted

Both lines are very suspect. When I ls what’s inside the first directory
Air > ll /opt/local/var/macports/home/Library/Preferences/
total 616
-rw-r--r--  1 macports  admin  314139  7 Nov 18:33

This looks to me very much like a hardlink or a protected file.

Air > ls -lORa /opt/local/var/macports/home/Library/Preferences/
total 616
drwxr-xr-x  3 root      admin  -     96  8 Nov 14:53 .
drwxr-xr-x  3 root      admin  -     96 25 Oct  2016 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 macports  admin  - 314139  7 Nov 18:33

But that doesn’t mean anything in my case, since I have disabled SIP for files (yes, I got rid of several dumb apps such as Chess or Stocks, I only have a 128 MB SSD).

> No hard links that I spotted (but would that not fail under 10.13? the
> same code runs fine).  The only differences between what fails and
> what works are 10.14 vs 10.13 and older, and [sound effect: penny
> dropping] APFS vs HFS+ journaled.  If there's some protection going

SIP protection might have been extended to newer files between 10.13 and 10.14.


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