A package management system for OS X. It allows for easy installation of free/open source software. Formerly called DarwinPorts.

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What are pros and cons for MacPorts, Fink and Homebrew?

I'm just migrating from Ubuntu Linux to Mac, and everything is new and I'm re-learning a lot of stuff. On Linux I had the excellent apt-get to manage software packages. I googled for an alternative ...
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How to remove unused MacPorts packages?

Whenever I install a program via MacPorts, it gets and installs lots of dependencies. When I uninstall said program, how do I make MacPorts recursively remove all unused dependencies with it?
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Are my permissions for /usr/local/ correct?

I’m using HomeBrew for my port needs (seems a bit “cleaner” than MacPorts). I can install without sudoing (which is great), but the man linking step seems to require it (/usr/local/share/man/man3 ...
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MacPorts vs. Fink vs. Homebrew

I always used MacPorts to install and maintain my GCC compilers (4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, ...) and gnuplot. Now I've heard about Fink and Homebrew. I think these two utilities are gaining ground in the Mac ...
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missing /usr/bin/gnutar on Mavericks (MacPorts)

MacPorts is complaining about missing /usr/bin/gnutar on Mavericks :info:extract sh: /usr/bin/gnutar: No such file or directory gnutar is indeed not there anymore. As suggested here I tried to ...
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What are your “must-have” MacPorts? [closed]

I hate to be all cliché with yet another "best [something]" question, but I am genuinely interested in what you most often install with MacPorts. When you get a new Mac, which ports do you first ...
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Is there any alternative to MacPorts?

MacPorts became really a pain because it does compile the packages on your machine, like the infamous gentoo and I would like something with a smaller footprint on your machine. I know that Fink and ...
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Where does macports install programs

I have installed both moria and ettercap using MacPorts (via pallet) and I can't for the life of me find out where the things were installed to run them! Where is the install directory? EDIT: When I ...
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Listing all files installed by some MacPorts package

How to list all files that was installed by some MacPorts package? For example in Funtoo (or in Gentoo) I can achieve the same with a command: equery b [package name]
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How to cleanly remove MacPorts

I'd like to cleanly remove all changes made by MacPorts as well as MacPorts itself, to try my luck with homebrew. How can I do that?
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Installing wine with homebrew

So, I am running a bit of a different install. Here's the background: I have installed wine before with MacPorts. Later, I decided to install homebrew. Then, wine didn't work so I tried brew install ...
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Migrating from MacPorts to Homebrew. Is there any specific advice in how to minimize disruption?

I want to stop using macports, and use homebrew instead, I have been reading on their approach and it makes more sense to me. Now, I don't care much about having to reinstall my packages, even if some ...
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MacPorts: Continue installing other updates after error

Say I have the following outdated packages: foo bar baz I want to update as many as them as possible, so I try to run: sudo port -n -f upgrade outdated However this fails with: Error: ...
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What's the best way to install command line utilities such as GIT?

I'm a Windows/Linux guy that just got my Macbook Air. I do web dev, and am currently trying to setup this machine for some on-the-go development. After some research attempts, I'm wondering: what's ...
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ImageMagick - Convert multipage pdf to animated gif

I have a two-page PDF file that I would like to convert to an animated GIF file. A post on the TeX StackExchange gives the following ImageMagick one-liner: convert -verbose -delay 50 -loop 0 ...
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Set default shell to MacPorts bash in Mac OS X 10.6.8?

As a follow up to my previous question, I reinstalled my MacPorts and want to try its newer version of bash again. I installed the newest bash via MacPorts on my Mac OS X 10.6.8 system, but when I ...
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Mountain Lion Broke MacPorts - Cannot Update

I am trying to update MacPorts but get the following error. sudo port selfupdate Password: ---> Updating MacPorts base sources using rsync MacPorts base version 2.1.1 installed, MacPorts base ...
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Mac OS X Lion and sshpass

I've upgraded from Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Lion. I used several scripts with sshpass but after I upgraded to Lion the following error appears: Permission denied, please try again. debug1: ...
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Xcode appears to be installed but xcodebuild is unusable

I was had to reinstall Xcode 4 and now I'm getting message Xcode appears to be installed but xcodebuild is unusable; and xcodebuild exists but failed to execute all the time when I try to install ...
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Unable to install Meld via MacPorts 2.0.3 on OSX 10.6.8

I am trying to get Meld onto my OS X 10.6.8 box using MacPorts 2.0.3 and am not having success. bobk-mbp:opt bobk$ port version Version: 2.0.3 bobk-mbp:opt bobk$ sudo port install meld ---> ...
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How do I change back from MacPorts Python to system default version?

I used MacPorts to install a newer version of Python on my system (10.5.8 PPC), and then used the MacPorts select command to change the default invoked version of Python to the MP version. Now I want ...
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MacPorts Software clean-up: /opt/local/var/macports/software

The MacPorts directory /opt/local/var/macports/software is really full of "stuff": Can all the .tbz2 files be deleted? I am running out of space on the SSD.
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Stopping a macports installed mysql daemon

I'm trying to reset my root password on a macports installed MySQL on OS X. But none of the ways to do this that I can find works, for various reasons. One reason common to all is that I can't stop ...
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Can homebrew and macports work together to let Firefox-X11 be installed?

I want to install firefox-x11 but theres no repo in homebrew, only macports seems to have one, hence I'm at a loss how to get firefox-X11 on a system that relies on homebrew for OSS. The way I'd ...
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How can I change default X11 application?

I compiled my own X11 Server for Mac OS X and want it to replace the original outdated X11.app supplied by Lion. How do I do that?
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LaunchDaemon not recognised

I've installed CouchDB via MacPorts. Now I want to start it when my Mac boots, so I executed the instructions given in the install process: sudo launchctl load -w ...
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What is Macports?

So, I've read the documentation on Macports. As described: MacPorts is an easy to use system for compiling, installing, and managing open source software. MacPorts may be conceptually divided into ...
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Will upgrading to Mavericks break my Macports?

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro 15", running 10.7.5, with a configured dev environment, containing tons of installed ports (specifically Apache/PHP5.4/MySQL/Mongo/Node etc). Apparently, the only way ...
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How do I find what packages I've installed via terminal?

I've been learning the shell for a few weeks and have installed several packages. I know/remember what some of them are, like oh-my-zsh and emacs 24 (which was a nightmare to upgrade to), but not sure ...
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How do I set which Apache / PHP 10.6 should run?

All my problems stemmed from trying to get mcrypt for PHP installed. Last night I gave in and followed a tutorial of how to do a totally fresh apache2 and php5.3.3 install. I did this using macports ...
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Installing ghostscript using MacPorts fails

I recently upgraded MacOSX to version 10.9. Before I did that, i uninstalled all macports-packages using: sudo port uninstall --follow-dependencies installed Now I'm running MacPorts 2.2.1 and ...
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Macports issues after Mountain Lion upgrade

After upgrading Lion to Mountain Lion, the MacPorts system seems broken. Refering to the MacPorts's migration page, the best solution seems to unistall all and reinstall all the ports. Is there a ...
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How can I install getent on Snow Leopard?

I have several scripts which require the utility getent. In addition, I've read several handy tips which use getent. getent is a Networking utility which is widely available on Unix, *BSD and ...
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How can I install the X11 version of Firefox on Snow Leopard? (Preferably without MacPorts or Fink?)

I’m doing some screen-scraping using Selenium, a framework which lets you programmatically control web browsers on your system. I’m running it as part of a web app on a Linux server, and on my MacBook ...
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How to link SVG files to Inkscape?

I installed Inkscape-0.48.3.1 via MacPorts to my Mac OS X 10.9.1 System. I Can start it from the Terminal using the command inkscape, which starts inkscape fomr the location /opt/local/bin/inkscape. ...
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Upgrading to PHP 5.4 using Mac Port

I tried following the excellent instructions on this gist to upgrade my Mac to PHP 5.4, but before I do, I need to know: Is there an easy way to find out which php extensions do I have installed ...
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port selfupdate fails after upgrading to next OS X version

port selfupdate fails with the following error message: port -d selfupdate can't find package machista 1.0 while executing "package require machista 1.0" (procedure "mportinit" line 487) ...
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How to upgrade Apache 2.2 to 2.4 in MacOSX Mavericks

My ISP has upgraded the server to Apache 2.4.9 from 2.2.xx. It has broken a couple things in my setup and I want to bring my local copy of Apache 2.2.26 to 2.4.9 so that I can test locally. I've been ...
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Is there a way to get gnome-terminal on Lion?

Is there a port of gnome-terminal, or a way to compile it, or some other program that is typographically comparable, under Lion? There is a typographic difference, and I can't duplicate it in ...
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Help getting Nautilus running under MacPorts

I have been trying to run Nautilus on OS X 10.6.8 without any luck. First, I installed MacPorts, then installed Nautilus. However when I try to run it from the command line, I am getting an error. I ...
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Does Mac OS X have something like SELinux?

I just spent a looooooong time trying to use Macports' Apache2 to serve documents out of my home directory. She no work!!!11 In the absence of any meaningful log data (that I could find) to go on, I ...
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MacBook Pro 2012 appearance

I just got the latest MacBook Pro (2.6 GHz i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, non-retina). But the packaging and overall appearance looks just like the older 15" one (I don't see any HDMI and stuff). Are the ...
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Mac ports package name search from command line?

I tried to install gnuchessc with Mac ports, but there's nothing like that. sudo port install gnuchessc Error: Port gnuchessc not found Before reporting a bug, first run the command again with the ...
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How can I get Homebrew working under Mavericks?

I had been doing most of my POSIX development on something other than my Mac after upgrading from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, and when I came back, Homebrew was not functioning at a smoke-test level. ...
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What are the key differences between fink and macports?

I don't want to start a holywar, but as far as I am concerned, I am on track according to the faq. I wanted to know the key differences between macports and fink. I am a long time macports user and ...
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How to find which ports depends on a given one when using macports?

I want to find which ports depends on a given installed port (texlive in my case). I found port deps texlive, but this is working in the "wrong" direction. How can I do it?
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Installing gnuplot (or similar) on Lion

All the packages needed to install gnuplot through MacPorts on Lion succeed, except for aquaterm. Installing gnuplot through Fink is far less lucky on Lion. Fink bails out after only a third of the ...
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Make Macports use HTTPS (SSL/TLS) to fetch packages

By default, Macports uses HTTP to fetch packages. For example: ---> Attempting to fetch port_cutleaves-0.1.4_0.darwin_10.noarch.tbz2 from http://lil.fr.packages.macports.org/port_cutleaves How ...
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Files wrongly considered as damaged in encfs volume

I am using encfs @1.7.5 and osxfuse @2.6.4 installed via MacPorts 2.2.1 on my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 which is running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. When opening certain files (e.g. xlsx, pdf) in my ...
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Homebrew gives a warning: “You have MacPorts or Fink installed”

I just got a new Mac Pro with OS X 10.9. When I run: brew doctor I get the warning: Warning: You have MacPorts or Fink installed: /opt/local/bin/port This can cause trouble. You don't have to ...