I'm new to macports. I want to install a certain port called gimp-gap, but first I have to install 'xz'. But what does this port actually do?

  • Note you don't have to install xz One major point of a package manager like ,accurst is that you just install gimp-gap and macports will do the rest
    – mmmmmm
    Aug 6, 2015 at 22:57
  • When I tried to install gimp-gap without first installing xz, I got a failure report: 'Failed to locate xz in path' Aug 7, 2015 at 21:48
  • 2
    Then that is a bug in the port and needs to be reported trac.macports.org/newticket
    – mmmmmm
    Aug 8, 2015 at 9:06
  • 1
    done: trac.macports.org/ticket/48527 Aug 8, 2015 at 10:59

2 Answers 2


xz is a compression/decompression tool like zip, bzip2, gzip, and compress.

$ port info xz
xz @5.2.1 (archivers)
Variants:             universal

Description:          XZ utils consist of a few relatively separate submodules:
                      * LZMA/XZ encoder/decoder command line tool similar to
                      gzip/bzip2 * Scripts to ease grepping, diffing and viewing
                      (lz*grep, lzdiff/lzcmp, lzmore/lzless)
Homepage:             http://tukaani.org/xz/

Library Dependencies: libiconv, gettext
Conflicts with:       xz-devel
Platforms:            darwin
License:              public-domain GPL-2+
Maintainers:          [email protected], [email protected]

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