Currently running Mavericks. Got a LOT of things installed through Homebrew and a handful through Ports. Are these going to survive the upgrade? What is best practice in this situation?

  • I did it without concerns. No problem at all.
    – jherran
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 10:44

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If you have a lot of stuff installed in /usr/local, the upgrade will be extremely slow. It's faster to move it away before upgrading and move it back when the upgrade is done -- see here for full details.


For MacPorts I can say that the only problem was to re-install MacPorts from source. Ports are running fine and I have a lot. Now the package installer are avaiable:

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