[Baypiggies] Novice Programmer Asking For Assistance

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Wed Oct 24 05:08:21 CEST 2012

I've had really good luck with MacPorts (I keep it clean and updated -- a very good habit).

But, what FUD does it get? Also, I've never had a reason to use HomeBrew -- what's its selling points?

My macports are very clean and my /opt/local looks like a mini Linux file system. Can I use a new path for HomeBrew and use them in conjunction (i.e. is it relocatable)? What benefits would it give me over MacPorts?


On Oct 23, 2012, at 8:02 PM, Ned Deily <nad at acm.org> wrote:

> In article <03CAA432-5B22-4A6B-870D-050AFA1AF092 at gmail.com>,
> William Deegan <bdbaddog at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>> On Oct 23, 2012, at 4:27 PM, Ryan Matthew Balfanz 
>> <rbalfanz at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'm surprised people are still using MacPorts when Homebrew 
>>> (http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/) exists...
>> I tried brew, but it didn't have all the packages I wanted, so back to 
>> macports for me.
> Another reason for using MacPorts: if you have requirements to support 
> multiple multiple versions of OS X.  I currently have virtually the same 
> set of ports, all current, installed on OS X 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5, and 
> 10.4 (although I admit that, not surprisingly, an increasing number of 
> ports are starting to break on 10.4).  There's nothing wrong with 
> Homebrew as far as it goes but its goals are less ambitious than 
> MacPorts and it ends up making more compromises that don't always work 
> out.  There is a good reason that MacPorts is more complex under the 
> covers: it's really hard to get all those third-party components to work 
> together and on most of the environments supported by OS X.  The FUD 
> about MacPorts that gets passed around is really unfortunate.  Also, 
> MacPorts now automatically provides binary packages for many of its 
> ports on some releases of OS X.  The project is working to expand the 
> availability to more releases.
> -- 
> Ned Deily,
> nad at acm.org
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