I promised I would say something on why I switched to Homebrew from Macports. Ted Wise has a good rundown. I was slightly annoyed when Macports started to pull in so many dependencies and do 45 minute builds Рbasically, it trusts nothing already installed on OSX. Although, depending on your needs, this may not be a bad thing.

My take on it:

– if you need a tool here and there that is missing on OS X, go with Homebrew.
– if you are doing hardcore open-source development, Macports is a more complete answer.

A couple industrial-strength tools from MacPorts:

– gcc_select, for when you want more than one gcc install
– the gnu Ada compiler, gnat-gcc. You definitely ain’t gonna find Ada in Homebrew.


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