Upgrading MacOS X

And on to 10.9

There was a rumour that it was best to stop at 10.8, Mountain Lion but by the time I got round to it htis wasn’t an option. The Appstore only permitted an upgrade to Mavericks; is this a cat?  The Appstore upgrade works fine.

And now onto Macports which is a pain, and I document on my Macports page.

Filevault is a constraint as well. You’ll need a better answer than I used if any of your pre 10.8 users had Filevault encrypted home directories.

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Mac OS, about upgrades

I need to upgrade the Mac. The O/S version is getting a bit long in the tooth. I have V10.5, Leopard, I need to get to 10.6 Snow Leopard. Here are my notes and links.


This article, How to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard makes it seem easy, and here’s the companion article about preparing for the upgrade.

Snow Leopard is the version with the distributed upgrader, and so Snow Leopard has to be bought and installed from DVD.

Here is a web version of the man page.

Obviously, I need to back up the hard disk, and have used Time Machine. I am a bit worried since I do not know how to recover stuff using the UNIX utilities from a Time Machine Archive.

Legacy apps

The biggest augmentation I have on the Mac is macports, I still have Porticus installed but have pretty much given up on it and use the command line. The Porticus site states it is not 10.7 or Macports 2.0 compliant and points at Pallet, an ‘official’ GUI. The macports site has a Guide.

I know that I have used macports, port command to update WINE, and have used WINE to install NWN.

I have upgraded macports and it’s managed objects

$ port -v selfupdate ; port -v upgrade



This page has been written in four parts. It was originally created in April 2011 and driven by my desire to install WINE. It was significantly added to in Oct 2013 when I upgraded to MacOS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. It was at this point that I transferred from Porticus to Pallet. In Dec 2013, I documented the Macports runes for MacOS 10.9 which, of course, breaks Pallet. I have by now written a script to keep my Macports up to date. In June 2014, I returned to WINE and used Macports to install Wineskin and uninstall WINE. This page was further updated in April 2016 as I moved forward from Yosemite to El Capitan. Continue reading “Macports”

Installing WINE from source

At the backend of 2009, I started experiments with WINE on MacOS. I documented my findings at my WINE page on this site. In March 2010, I returned to the project having been advised to use the Macports installation of WINE, instead of building from source. This page documents how I built from source code, and how I installed winetricks. I have moved some of the comments here, from my WINE page, which I now use to capture my experiments with MacPorts & Porticus. Continue reading “Installing WINE from source”