MacPorts 2.1.0 released
The MacPorts Project has published version 2.1.0 of its package management system for installing open source applications on Mac OS X. The update adds a new "rev-upgrade" action which, when a dependency is upgraded, checks for existing ports that may have been linked incorrectly; if found, these ports are rebuilt. The developers point out that, by default, the action runs automatically after upgrades and installs, but that this can be disabled in the macports.conf file.
The new "host_blacklist" and "preferred_hosts" macports.conf options allow users to control which download hosts are used, and the "buildfromsource" option allows users to permanently select source-only or binary-only mode. The archive_sites.conf configuration file can now be used to get archives from custom locations. When running on Mac OS X 10.6 or later, the pkg and mpkg targets will create flat packages. A problem that caused dependencies to be installed multiple times has also been fixed.
A full list of changes and new features can be found in the mailing list announcement, news files and in the change log; a user guide is provided. Version 2.1.0 of MacPorts is available to download as package installers for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7. MacPorts is released under a BSD Licence and, according to the project's homepage, there are currently more than 14,000 ports available in 96 different categories.
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