postgresql83-server - Further Woes

Bill Cole macportsusers-20171215 at
Tue Nov 5 03:09:02 UTC 2019

On 4 Nov 2019, at 17:22, Michael Newman via macports-users wrote:

> The only solution offered by the developer of DetectX was to tell 
> DetectX to ignore changes to macports plist files.
> That seems to defeat the purpose of DetectX.
> DetectX is supposed to warn you of possible nefarious changes to your 
> system. Choosing to ignore a possible problem is no solution.

There is no rational explanation for the DetectX claim that the 
postgresql83-server launchd plist is changing repeatedly. That file is 
gone: you removed the port. Unless you are repeatedly installing and 
uninstalling the postgresql83-server port, that file IS NOT flashing in 
and out of existence.

I don't use DetectX so I can't say for sure, but it seems to me that 
this behavior is consistent with it having a saved state of some sort 
against which it is comparing the current state. In other words: DetectX 
remembers that the postgresql83-server plist was there before, and sees 
that it isn't there now.

If that is a correct guess about how DetectX works, then there should be 
some way to update the saved state to accommodate the disappearance of a 
file without permanently ignoring a whole class of similarly situated 

Bill Cole
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(AKA @grumpybozo and many * addresses)

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