port diagnose and xcode

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Fri Mar 11 22:21:48 UTC 2022

On Fri, 11 Mar 2022, Chris Jones wrote:

> MacPorts is not (just) 'a simple package manager'. Yes, it performs this 
> function, but first and foremost (and long before we even had binary 
> tarballs to distribute as a 'package mnager') it is a system for 
> building packages and their dependencies. To build something you require 
> a compiler. Many ports will build fine with just the Apple CLT package, 
> but some indeed require the full Xcode installation in order to be built 
> (and Xcode also is not just an IDE, but is also a command line build 
> system).

I couldn't have put it better myself; the fact that some packages 
(contributed to MacPorts) require Xcode is hardly MacPorts' fault.

I dips me lid to the MP maintainers for what is obviously a thankless job.

-- Dave

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