MacPorts 2.6.2: Failed to configure postgresql83

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Tue Oct 22 09:00:50 UTC 2019

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On Oct 22, 2019, at 02:39, Michael Newman wrote:
> On Oct 22, 2019, at 13:51, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Ok, so there were two versions of postgresql83 installed. You told MacPorts to uninstall them both, MacPorts told you this would break the postgresql83-server port, and you indicated that was ok, so it proceeded and uninstalled them.
>> You should now also uninstall the postgresql83-server port, since it's now broken due to its dependency having been uninstalled and since you presumably don't need it either.
> All done, I guess:
> MrMuscle:~ mnewman$ sudo port uninstall postgresql83-server
> Password:
> --->  Deactivating postgresql83-server @8.3.23_0
> --->  Cleaning postgresql83-server
> --->  Uninstalling postgresql83-server @8.3.23_0
> --->  Cleaning postgresql83-server

Yes, looks like nothing depended on postgresql83-server.

> Any way of finding out why this got installed in the first place? It didn't seem to have any dependencies, so why was it there?

It was installed either because you requested that it be installed, or because some other port that you installed depended on it at one time.

You can see the ports that you directly requested to be installed using:

port installed requested

If the list is inaccurate (if ports are listed that you don't specifically want), you can unmark them using:

sudo port unsetrequested thePortName

You can remove ports that you did not request and that are no longer needed by other ports, as well as perform other cleanup activities, by running:

sudo port reclaim

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