Compiling a port statically

Dave Horsfall dave at
Sun Dec 6 21:27:17 UTC 2020

On Sun, 6 Dec 2020, Riccardo Mottola via macports-users wrote:

> I can think of two scenarios [ for static binaries ]:
> - 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"?

Agreed; FreeBSD has an "/sbin" directory (and "/usr/local/sbin") 
containing stuff that absolutely must be available, even in the lack of 
absence of shared libraries.

-- Dave

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