port help [action | help-topic]


port help opens the manpage for a given port action such as install, upgrade, selfupdate, etc. or a specific help topic like macports.conf. MacPorts even has help for its help feature. MacPorts will however not engage in higher level abstractions: There is no help on the help on the help.

Further documentation on MacPorts can be found in the following places:

The MacPorts Guide

Detailed help and support guide

The MacPorts Wiki

MacPorts usage, development, and support

Mailing Lists

Ask questions on the mailing lists: macports-dev for base and Portfile development, macports-users for user support questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Problem Hotlist

Solutions for the most common error messages and other problems



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