MacPorts After Mavericks

You’ve finally upgraded your Macbook pro to Mavericks. Sure the other kids have been slinging the fancy new OS for a while now but you’ve been a straggler. You wanted to make sure the water was indeed safe before toe dipping. Maybe you’re just cautious, maybe you’ve been down this road before and bitten. Whatever the case, hey there! I’m Cliff. You’re here because one of your command line tools suddenly stopped working. I’m here because I just fixed it for you. Read on to find out what you should do after taking on Mavericks on your trusty silver laptop.

Say you’ve typed the name of a command you were using last month which was called… oh I dunno, asciidoc. Go ahead, say it… right now, audibly. I’ll wait… Did you say it? Of course you didn’t because that would be a ridiculous thing to do, especially at X o’clock during your work day/personal time after performing the Google search which landed you on this page.  Here you are just looking for an answer to why your command line isn’t giving you the respect that Aretha Franklin demanded back in 1967 and here I go sitting on standby waiting for you to make a goon of yourself by speaking out loud to absolutely nobody. We could go on like this for ages or I could just get to the point and say what I set out to say. Now what was I saying??? Oh, right! Say you have just typed the name of… [wait I already said that] say you just typed asciidoc into your terminal and say the terminal was like, “Whaaa? I don’t understand your French, cousin!” Now why would your terminal respond that way? I mean it’s not like you are actually related to the terminal or anything. It’s just a program, rather a collection of 1s and 0s spinning on your magnetic disk… unless you have a solid state drive. (Don’t most people have SSDs these days?) Then for you and these 1s and 0s to be actual cousins would mean that your parents were somehow siblings and since the parent of most computer programs is some hacker with bad hygiene one might assume his siblings have similar hygiene problems which, though possible, would lessen the probability of pro-creation leading to your birth.

I had a point somewhere about one or two sentences back but now I’m a bit lost. Where was I? Something about your terminal acting all confused like, “whaaa…?” wasn’t it? Okay, now say your terminal was like “whaaa…?” and you were all like, “you know, ‘asciidoc’!! Now gimme my converted output!” And then the terminal was still like “whaaaa…?” How does this happen? I mean, you were just speaking “asciidoc” in all of its PDF flavors a month ago and now it’s like your terminal doesn’t even know you despite the fact that it refers to you as a cousin, implying some sort of biological relation. It just doesn’t make sense… your binary flesh and blood acting like a random citizen from another country. Here’s where it all went wrong.

Mavericks Upgrade

After upgrading to Mavericks software installed with MacPorts stops behaving. The simple solution is to reinstall MacPorts. The best way to do this is to run “Xcode-select –install” from your terminal which will trigger an install/update of the Xcode Command line tools. This is important because MacPorts still thinks the tools it used before the upgrade (like /usr/bin/gnutar) are available. After reinstalling the tools you should reinstall MacPorts using the binary package which will see the upgraded command line tools. Read how to migrate MacPorts here. After upgrading your command line tools and reinstalling MacPorts you and your terminal will be on speaking terms again. Thanks for stopping to read my foolishness and remember to tip your waiter… because if you don’t tip then the waiter leaves nasty stuff in your food and stuff. That nasty stuff leads to diseases like foot and hand-mouth disease. I don’t know if that’s a real disease or not, its something that my father in law complained to my wife about when she was younger. She’s older now and has never caught foot and hand-mouth because she leaves nice tips. The waiters sometimes smile at her too, though I don’t necessarily think it’s because of the tips. I think they smile at her because she has a nice smile. Speaking of her smile, don’t forget to run your system updates after the Mavericks upgrade because apple has other fixes for you. I don’t really know what that has to do with my wife’s smile. It seemed related when I first typed it but now it just looks silly. My whole post is silly and probably hasn’t helped anyone. I’m rambling because I’m on my 3rd cup of coffee today. I should just stop typing now. Did you tip your waiter? I’m just sayin’…

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