I was having problems uninstalling a package in macports (gimp2-devel, to be exact) due to some "directory not empty" errors. I discover from comments made by the maintainer of macports that it's OK to delete these folders, so I went and did so, thusly:
rm -rf /opt/local/var/macports/software/aalib/1.4rc5_4
(There was another one as well; I forget which.)
However I am now re-installing gimp2-devel, and it bombs out thusly:
---> Computing dependencies for gimp2-devel ---> Dependencies to be installed: aalib Error: Target org.macports.activate returned: Image error: Can't find image file /opt/local/var/macports/software/aalib/1.4rc5_4 Error: Failed to install aalib Log for aalib is at: /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_release_ports_graphics_aalib/aalib/main.log Error: The following dependencies were not installed: aalib Error: Status 1 encountered during processing.
So, it seems that the advice I followed has in fact borked the two libraries I had to remove folders for. My question is - can I restore them with a macports command? I really really don't want to have to remove macports and reinstall it - my web server install and its dependencies are working quite nicely, and I don't want to upset it!
I've tried a port selfupdate, and also a port clean all, to no avail. Any ideas? :-)
Edit: an answer below raises a good point about checking the logs. This is what I get:
version:1 :msg:main ---> Computing dependencies for aalib:info:main .:debug:main Searching for dependency: ncurses :debug:main Found Dependency: receipt exists for ncurses :msg:main :debug:activate activate phase started at Sat Aug 6 11:12:28 BST 2011 :debug:activate Executing org.macports.activate (aalib) :error:activate Target org.macports.activate returned: Image error: Can't find image file /opt/local/var/macports/software/aalib/1.4rc5_4 :debug:activate Backtrace: Image error: Can't find image file /opt/local/var/macports/software/aalib/1.4rc5_4 invoked from within "registry_activate $subport $version $revision $portvariants [array get user_options]" (procedure "portactivate::activate_main" line 4) invoked from within "$procedure $targetname" :notice:activate Log for aalib is at: /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_opt_local_var_macports_registry_portfiles_aalib_1.4rc5_4/aalib/main.log
Edit 11th Aug: I've also tried "port build aalib" which is initially quite promising, but subsequently trying Gimp again was just the same:
---> Computing dependencies for aalib ---> Fetching aalib ---> Attempting to fetch aalib-1.4rc5.tar.gz from http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/distfiles/ ---> Verifying checksum(s) for aalib ---> Extracting aalib ---> Applying patches to aalib ---> Configuring aalib ---> Building aalib