Compiling a port statically

Riccardo Mottola riccardo.mottola at
Sun Dec 6 15:31:11 UTC 2020


On 12/5/20 8:07 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Obviously the block would need some tweaking for a given port, it gives the idea.
> I can't think of a reason why we would want to offer such a thing.

I can think of two scenarios:

- building "always safe" binaries which can be used at system level, 
e.g. login shells, tools, things put in launchd. That is things you want 
to always work, even if you are during a MacPorts upgrade. NetBSD offers 
two packages for the same thing, e.g. bash and bash-static, IIRC. 
perhaps in MacPorts it could be a "variant"?

- a special case of the above is an issue coming up on legacy MacOS more 
often where this happens with buildtools, e.g. a "static" version of 
certain tools which are more needed than on modern systems where the 
system ones are "good enough". When these build tools break MacPorts 
itself becomes much more a hassle itself to update


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