Build servers going offline due to inclement weather

Bill Cole macportsusers-20171215 at
Fri Feb 19 20:26:16 UTC 2021

On 19 Feb 2021, at 15:12, Todd Doucet wrote:

> Many new users, like me, might not know what the consequences of the 
> build servers being down are, exactly.  I am speculating that this 
> does not mean that MacPorts is not available generally, but instead 
> that if I ask for a port it might build it on my machine instead of 
> pulling a pre-built binary for me.

Correct. In some cases there could also be problems with getting source 
distributions of some ports automatically.

 From Ryan's initial message:

> Binary archives of newly updated ports will not be produced during 
> this time so MacPorts will compile from source on your computer when 
> needed. Source distfiles will not be mirrored during this time either 
> which may impact your ability to install some ports on older OS 
> versions, particularly OS X 10.8 and earlier. If you get an error 
> during the fetch phase, consult:

That link explains that if you can find and manually fetch the right 
distfile, you can work around a 'port fetch' failure.

Bill Cole
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