[darcs-users] Installing darcs 2.3.1 on OS X is a royal pain

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Sun Oct 25 13:16:56 UTC 2009


Eric Kow writes:

 > I'll note that the MacPorts seems to be a common cause of irritation
 > among Mac users needing to install darcs.  The complaint is simply that
 > compiling GHC takes forever

This is true, but you know, if you order software from Amazon (or
worse, through your employer's purchasing department) it will take 36
to 72 hours to arrive.  GHC might take 8 hours to build on a
4-year-old 1.33GHz iBook G4 with 1.5GB of RAM ... start the build
before you hit the sack and Darcs will be ready in the morning, and
you don't even have to suffer because FreeCell runs slow while you're
waiting. ;-)  Perhaps more annoying to some is the need for an
uptodate Xcode as well as MacPorts.

If you need to install a ton of ports to get to that point, that could
be very painful.  Still it only needs to happen once.


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