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How to install Darwin Ports or Mac Ports on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

How to install Darwin Ports or Mac Ports on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Don't waste your time with MacPorts. I would recommend using Homebrew instead. It's easy to use and doesn't clutter up your system with a bunch of junk directories.

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Guest [Entry]

"Have you installed XCode before? My make is in /usr/bin so I think it’s got nothing to do with Macports itself but must be supplied by other means.


According to this macports ticket you might have two options. First you could check, whether make is in /Developer/usr/bin. If so, you could enable the binpath in /opt/local/etc/macports/macports.conf and add this path to it. (Though using the binpath explicitly is flagged as advanced in the file.

The other option is, of course, reinstalling XCode. And this time be careful to select ‘Unix Development Support’ while you’re at it. There’s a chance that you’ve missed this when installing it the last time.

If make has gone missing for some other reason, there might be something pretty wrong with your system, so it’s better to assume that it’s never been installed before…"
Guest [Entry]

"I solved this problem by installing MacPort (1.8.2) using source code. Not sure how it works though.

The MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design
an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either
command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac OS X
operating system. To that end we provide the command-line driven
MacPorts software package under a BSD License, and through it easy
access to thousands of ports that greatly simplify the task of
compiling and installing open-source software on your Mac.

We provide a single software tree that attempts to track the latest
release of every software title (port) we distribute, without
splitting them into “stable” Vs. “unstable” branches, targeting mainly
the current Mac OS X release (10.7, A.K.A Lion) and the immediately
previous one (10.6, A.K.A. Snow Leopard). There are currently 15361
ports in our tree, distributed among 98 different categories, and more
are being added on a regular basis."