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 Post subject: Fink vs. Darwin Ports
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:17 pm 
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Who is using either of the two? I was using Fink on my PowerBook up till I sold it and now with a fresh 10.4 install on my G5 I think that it is time for one of them.

I was just wondering if anybody is using Darwin Ports and what they like about it?


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:44 am 
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I tried Fink first and I couldn't get anything to work in it. I was new to things at the time, so I was probably doing something wrong.

DarwinPorts is great, I think. Very simple and very reliable.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:28 am 
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I've used fink since the early days and its come a long way. Get FinkCommander if you are new to it. It makes life much easier.

I'm a fink contributor so I wont suggest one over the other.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:55 pm 
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MacPorts/Darwin Ports all the way baby.

I used Fink originally but found that some of the packages I needed were very out of date so I tried MacPorts.
It apppears to be more up to date and you get the added satisfaction that it compiles everything.
Which is good if you're a Gentoo fanboi or bad if you have a slow machine/internet connection.

I've had no reason to try fink recently so it may be better than when I last tried it a year or so ago.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:16 pm 
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I use pkgsrc. I like to keep it so that I can use the same method for more than one platform. Works for probably 80% of the packages I've needed.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:42 pm 
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Fink has let me down a few times, so I'm a full-time MacPorts user, now.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:51 am 
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I use the ports, but it drives me nuts.

The one problem I have consistently is that it uses FTP to grab the files, and FTP usually locks up. It'll download the file all the way then never close the connection - FTP just hangs.

I've had that problem with FTP on all of my computers at every physical location I've ever lived in for as long as I can remember. I think FTP just sucks or something.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:39 am 
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FTP is just plain wonky. Control connections, with a separate data connection, argh. Makes a firewall administrator's life unnecessarily difficult.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:28 am 
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I'm a Fink man, tried DarwinPorts and had some snags then went back to Fink or FinkCommander.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:12 am 
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I've been using Fink for years without issue, but I'll probably give DarwinPorts a try to see how it compares.

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OMG.

I just started installing GIMP on my 27 inch iMac at work using "sudo port install gimp" and the dependancies it required included Orbit-2 (A CORBA Object Request Broker) and libusb (a USB package for poking about in the USB bus). :shock: :shock:

Go MacPorts !!! Kill my internet bandwidth!

Latest model iMac with 16Gb RAM and an hour and a half later and its still going...
Looks like other people have weird issues trying to install gimp from MacPorts as well.. http://old.nabble.com/-MacPorts---29356 ... #a31536168

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Gimp on OSX using the X11 server was very problematic for me. I ended up purchasing Pixelmator for my quick photo work. Don't regret that part.

Mac ports is great, but your right, the initial port install of anything comes with building a ton of dependencies and it makes even the big macs cry a little.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:13 pm 
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A growing number of developers in my office are starting to use Homebrew instead of Mac Ports.

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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:11 am 
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Homebrew looks very inviting. I was gonna go back to DarwinPorts since I dumped it when I did a fresh install for 10.6 but I dunno it was great and all but didn't seem to be it.


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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:38 pm 
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zmttoxics wrote:
Gimp on OSX using the X11 server was very problematic for me. I ended up purchasing Pixelmator for my quick photo work. Don't regret that part.

I use Aperture for all of my photos but if there is a file I just want to quickly crop/resize/etc without adding it to my library, gimp is great for this. I find gimp much easier to use if you turn on the Click-through Inactive Windows option in the X server.


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