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Excluding packages from MacPorts operations

Jul 14, 2009 | Code | By Shawn Parker

As much as I’d like to jump whole hog on the PHP 5.3 bandwagon I just haven’t had the time to read up on the compatibility issues not work out what I’d need to do to maintain a PHP 5.2 and a PHP 5.3 environment on my computer. For now I’ll just be sticking with PHP 5.2.x.

This creates a problem, though, as MacPorts constantly lists my PHP 5.2 as outdated.

While I don’t want to upgrade to PHP 5.3 right away, I still want to have a quick and easy upgrade of everything else that I have installed. There’s not any clear documentation about excluding ports from a port command, but there is a tasty morsel in the port man page.

Logical operators "and", "or", "not", "!", "(" and ")" may be 
used to combine individual portnames, port glob patterns and/or 
pseudo-portnames to construct complex port expressions that 
expand to the set of matching ports. For example:

 port upgrade installed and apache*  
 port echo maintainer:jberry and uninstalled and \  
   ( category:java and not commons* )

That means I can do this to exclude the PHP 5.3 upgrade until I’m ready:

sudo port upgrade outdated and not php*

A little less than optimal as I’d love to be able to modify a config file somewhere to effect this change on a global level but I’ll take this until that functionality gets added or until someone points me to where I might find that special config setting.

I could probably do something similar to my svn pre-/post-commit client side hooks hack, but I get the feeling that I’d forget about this one if I did it and end up cursing my computer later when it won’t install PHP 5.3 😉

Tagged as: exclude, macports