[sf-perl] hostid in mac os x?

Brian Hamlin bh1 at light42.com
Sun Jan 6 14:31:26 PST 2008

I have only anecdotal evidence..
Basically, unix ports, whether via Fink or MacPorts (straight outta 
BSD), will
always suffer in the windowing and fonts department. If you are 
a faceless server kind of thing, you are probably in good shape. xMagick
and all rely on some font management, and thats where I draw the line
on installs for my Macs.

I am successfully using a pretty full featured imaging package, with a
slew if imaging engines, like TIFF and JPEG and others, but again,
its bits only, and faceless. OS 10.4, PowerPC.. couple variations...

Meanwhile, those VMs are getting more a more solid, with hardware
to support it. The rumor around here is that Parallels works a little
better than VM Ware on a Mac. So its been said by someone who
has put in the hours.. Those that can are buying high-end dual Xeon
Macs with all the ram they can find. And it works. Yes, the VMs are for 

So if you need 100% environment compatibility, build it with a VM.
Meanwhile, plenty of things work very well on BSD/Mac these days.

On Jan 6, 2008, at 2:03 PM, Adam Masri wrote:

> fink is another alternative package manager, although I'm not really
> sure at this point which one is more reliable/easier to use/has more
> packages. I've used fink in previous versions of OS X, but it always
> takes them a little while to get up & running flawlessly on new OS
> releases. 10.4 & before should work great, 10.5 is still a little
> buggy but they're getting there. If anyone has tested both & has
> thoughts / comments that would be interesting.
> http://www.finkproject.org/
> On Jan 6, 2008, at 1:37 PM, Kevin Frost wrote:
>> A lot of other stuff is available through MacPorts, though they have
>> some sporadic packaging problems so some of the more complicated
>> things (like PerlMagick) often won't compile with the normal `sudo
>> port install foo` business.  But I've found most everything can be
>> hacked into working with a little effort.
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