Macports Cheatsheet

I used to use homebrew, but before that I used MacPorts. (And long, long, before that, fink.) The past year or two I’ve come back to MacPorts. But I forget what the commands are. (Honestly, I get them confused with apt, but that’s a separate problem.)

The usual thing to do is to search and then install:

  • port search whatever
  • port info whatever
  • port variants whatever
  • port install whatever +somevariant

The other thing is to update the stuff you’ve already installed

  • port -d selfupdate
  • port list outdated
  • port upgrade outdated

And sometimes get rid of the old stuff

  • port list inactive
  • port uninstall inactive

Update: I left out two important commands:

  • port list installed # what got installed
  • port list leaves # what you installed
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