Wireshark, Qt5 and El Capitan

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Sun Apr 21 03:47:21 UTC 2019


There is a qt5 port group specifically designed to handle picking the correct qt5 version for a given platform. See


In your case, on osx 10.11 it should be using the qt511 ports, which use 5.11, rather than the main qt5 ports, which currently install 5.12.

So it is strange that you are trying to install qt5-base, as qt511-base should be used instead in your case. 

I assume your ports are fully up to date ? 

Please run

> sudo port sync
> sudo port upgrade outdated
> sudo port clean all

Then try again installing the particular wireshark version you want (there are numerous) and if it still fails post the complete log file.


> On 20 Apr 2019, at 11:30 pm, Greg Earle <earle at isolar.dyndns.org> wrote:
> I've got a Mac mini running El Capitan 10.11.6.  I've held the OS back because I have a FireWire audio interface on it and FireWire is deprecated in more recent OSes.
> I am having a problem with my Blu-ray player not recognizing NFS shares on the same Mac mini.  I went to install Wireshark to debug the NFS traffic but it won't install because the current "qt5-qtbase" port is only for Sierra or newer:
> --
> Mac-mini:~ admin$ sudo port install qt5-qtbase
> --->  Computing dependencies for qt5-qtbase
> --->  Fetching distfiles for qt5-qtbase
> Error: qt5-qtbase requires macOS 10.12 or later
> Error: Failed to fetch qt5-qtbase: incompatible OS version
> Error: See /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_private_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_macports_release_tarballs_ports_aqua_qt5/qt5-qtbase/main.log for details.
> Error: Follow https://guide.macports.org/#project.tickets to report a bug.
> Error: Processing of port qt5-qtbase failed
> --
> Is there any way to build/install an older Wireshark/Qt5 port combo that will still work on El Capitan?
> My impression of MacPorts has always been that you can only build/install whatever port happens to be installed after you last did a "port self update".  I can't really risk going to Sierra and have this audio interface stop working.  :-/
>        - Greg
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