cctools fails to install on my 10.7.5

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Thu Mar 12 15:58:16 UTC 2020

On Feb 26, 2020, at 04:46, Franco Vaccari wrote:

> sudo port install cctools +xcode 
> properly installed cctools. Is this expected,

Yes, that is expected. The +xcode variant of this port means "Don't actually build this port; just install symlinks to the versions of the programs that Xcode provides".

> and should be the default variant on 10.7.5?

No, it should not, because that would defeat the purpose of this port entirely, which is to provide newer versions of these programs to older systems that cannot get them from newer versions of Xcode.

The +xcode variant is primarily useful to users of newer systems -- systems so new that their Xcode versions are newer than what we provide in the cctools port. Such users should use the +xcode variant until such a time as we can update the cctools port to a newer version.

Similar applies to the ld64 port and its +ld64_xcode variant. I'm not sure why the two ports used different variant names for this identical purpose.

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