help I have no idea what I'm doing. I wanted a photo editing software on my MacBook Pro running big sir. I came across gimp and it suggested I install it using macports. I ran the macports installer without knowing I was supposed to install Xcode first and now I don't know what that would have done to my computer since as far as I know I don't have Xcode. I want a do over. How do I find and remove whatever the macports installer would have put on my customer?

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You can uninstall MacPorts using their official instructions:

sudo port -fp uninstall installed
sudo dscl . -delete /Users/macports
sudo dscl . -delete /Groups/macports
sudo rm -rf \
    /opt/local \
    /Applications/DarwinPorts \
    /Applications/MacPorts \
    /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.macports.* \
    /Library/Receipts/DarwinPorts*.pkg \
    /Library/Receipts/MacPorts*.pkg \
    /Library/StartupItems/DarwinPortsStartup \
    /Library/Tcl/darwinports1.0 \
    /Library/Tcl/macports1.0 \

Now MacPorts is removed, you can install Gimp without MacPorts using a regular installer from their website: from https://www.gimp.org/, choose Download, then Download Directly.


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