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Opinion: Why not MacPorts, and alternative way
Authored by: CuteDaemon on Aug 25, '08 10:00:28AM
MacPorts may be easy to use, but it is not bleeding-edge current with its releases. The Problem I've been having is a small install base for MacPorts. I found multpiple installs for ghostscript, for example. a lot of that included the massive ghostscript documentation if I remember correctly.
I am dealing with installs on private linux servers, and I rather take the direct step in making things work. MacPorts, as fantastic as it is with its somewhat confusing dependancies, creates an additional layer of FUBAR when things go really wrong.
And, *Nix people like it simple, as contradictory as it sounds. Download from supplier, compile from source, with exactly what you need, not additionally "recommended" add-ons -- even taking "variants" into account.

Here are more complete instructions with install script, not as beautifully laid out and adjusted as Bach's pastie:
http://onrails.org/articles/2007/11/03/installing-rmagick-on-leopard-without-macports-or-fink

Quick note about libTIFF, which I recommend using the new beta. Tiff has problems in Leopard, especially on a PowerPC under Leopard, but I digress.

If you are comfortable using terminal, and you have some time on your hands, install DIRECTLY from source.



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Opinion: Why not MacPorts, and alternative way
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 25, '08 05:26:39PM
There are two problems with your argument:
  1. most people don't want "bleeding edge" -- unless you meant "up to date", and not actually "unstable: use at your peril"
  2. Linux systems use package management systems: apt, yum, RHN, whatever. These provide all the dependencies a package needs. MacPorts and Fink replicate this approach, building from source (the Gentoo way)
On a side note, I find it amusing when Mac people claim to know "stuff" about Linux and then show they plainly don't. Please keep it up.

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