[OS X TeX] [OT] i-Installer and other package managers

Stephan Hochhaus stephan at yauh.de
Wed Dec 1 12:26:41 EST 2004

Hi Jan,

Am 01.12.2004 um 17:52 schrieb Jan Eden:

> So I wonder which package manager you would recommend for other 
> utilities - I tried Fink (and did not like it) and read something 
> about Gentoo for Mac OS X. Are there other options?
I am a friend of darwinports: http://darwinports.opendarwin.org
Unfortunately the updating of ports isn't very user-friendly yet 
(uninstall existing port, install new version). But besides that it is 
a great package manager. I used to have fink installed as well, but it 
had too many outdated packages at that time.
On the darwinports list I read an interesting thread about package 
managers recently which I'd like to quote:

"From a philosophical point of view ... DarwinPorts was designed so 
(and by) Mac OS X users would have easy access to Open Software; Fink 
was designed so (and by) Unix and Linux Open Software users would be 
able to run their programs on OS X. There is nothing inherently 
"better" about either approach, they are simply two different ways of 
approaching the same problem -- running Open Software on OS X."

And an additional comment:
"I'd rather say that Fink is the Linux approach, while DarwinPorts is 
the BSD-Unix approach to installing Software.
dpkg comes from Debian, while the idea of a ports collection comes from 

I never used Gentoo on Mac OS X so I can't elaborate on that..


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