DBus on "other" platforms

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Fri May 13 07:47:57 UTC 2016

On Thursday May 12 2016 17:37:19 Rick Mann wrote:

More than just a bit OT, but

>> Thanks to projects like Fink and MacPorts 
>One more thing I'd point out: I *much* prefer MacHomebrew (http://brew.sh/) to Fink or MacPorts. Having Formulae in homebrew is very helpful.

Tastes differ. I've never understood the appeal of HB, the fact it (almost?) forcibly installs into /usr/local (where I already have stuff), does (AFAIK) voodooish stuff with symlinks. In short, I already had MacPorts installed, and had already been investing in learning its internals for having my own ports when I learned about HB. I have no idea what those formulae really are, but there's only 1 thing you really cannot do (easily) in MacPorts and that's splitting up a project into different packages (build once, install what you need when you need). Additional stuff like port de/activation (= switch easily between versions or variants), the dependency checker that also catches dynload issues and "trace" mode that blocks access to anything that's not a known dependency during a build are helpful enough not to want to change. Even if discussions with the core maintainers can be somewhat frustrating when they touch official dogma. I find it powerful and flexible enough that I tweaked it for use on Linux; I use the same personal ports tree on OS X and my KDE4-desktop Linux rig to install Qt5 and a growing chunk of KF5 into /opt/local .

I've considered going back to Fink, but knowing the Debian build system they use and the prospect of having to convert all my ports will probably keep me from doing that.

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