I've just installed Mountain Lion, Xcode 4.4.1 + command line tools, and MacPorts for ML.

It's working for other packages but I can't get figlet to install.

When I use sudo port install figlet in the terminal it stops quickly and outputs:

--->  Building figlet
Error: org.macports.build for port figlet returned: command execution failed
Please see the log file for port figlet for details:
To report a bug, follow the instructions in the guide:
Error: Processing of port figlet failed
  • I'm not really sure what to look for in the log Aug 12, 2012 at 6:37
  • I don't see any recent activity for figlet in MacPorts tracker. Only looking at the log will help. Can you post it to Pastebin--or something of the like--and link it in your question?
    – ephsmith
    Aug 12, 2012 at 15:15
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    heres the log: pastebin.com/W65fsC83 Aug 12, 2012 at 15:27
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    I noticed that in ML, Xcode doesn't create a 'Developer' directory, it holds everything in the Xcode app in the Applications folder. Could that have something to do with it? Aug 12, 2012 at 15:29
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    let us continue this discussion in chat
    – ephsmith
    Aug 12, 2012 at 16:29

1 Answer 1


I figured this out by cleaning the port with

sudo port clean figlet

then installing using

sudo port install figlet

According to the Macports ProblemHotList, this error is typical of existing packages that have stored compiler locations that aren't current. Cleaning the package and reinstalling assures the package is rebuilt with the current compiler collection settings for MacPorts.

  • Cleaning and trying again is the first thing you should always try anytime any MacPorts port fails to build, especially when the words "Skipping completed" are present in the main.log which indicate that the build attempt was not from a clean slate.
    – ryandesign
    Aug 13, 2012 at 23:13

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