[R-SIG-Mac] package management system: Fink vs MacPorts?
simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Mon Oct 12 16:13:51 CEST 2009
On Oct 12, 2009, at 9:10 , Christian Kleiber wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am currently configuring a Mac Pro running SL.
> suggests there are issues with Fink.
There are issues with Fink if you try to mix Fink and native system
(see below), but that's also true for MacPorts.
> I am familiar with building R packages but I have never built R
> from source (this might change, however).
This doesn't answer your question, but why wouldn't you use the
released R binaries?
Both MacPorts and Fink are causing trouble by design because they are
installing a parallel system to the actual OS and use overrides to
bypass the original system. Some people like that because they simply
want a different system on their machine, but as soon as you use
anything that's not in that system (without disabling Fink/MacPorts)
or try to mix them, you run into issues. I didn't check recently, but
MacPorts used to have issues with R because people creating the ports
had no idea about either R or Macs, but that may have (hopefully)
changed in the meantime.
> Question: any strong
> opinions re Fink vs MacPorts? Or other solutions?
Solutions? It depends on what is your problem ;). Personally I don't
use Fink since OS 10.4 because that's when almost everything became
available in native form. Fink was needed in the beginning because
very little was ported to Mac OS X but that has changed dramatically
since. Still, there are big beasts (such as KDE) that are not
available otherwise, but then you're not really use Mac OS at all :).
> (I have been using
> Fink on my laptop for some time without problems but then I never
> built R
> from source.)
> Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
> Christian Kleiber
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