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I am trying to run macports like thus:

port install php5

When I do so, however, I get this error:

Error: Unable to open port: can't read "build.cmd": Failed to locate 'make' in path: '/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin' or at its MacPorts configuration time location, did you move it? 

So I looked at my path:

declare -x PATH="/Developer/usr/bin:/opt/subversion/bin:/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/usr/local/php5/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11/bin" 

and then looked to make sure make was in one of those dirs:

ls -l /Developer/usr/bin/make

$ lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 7 Aug  7 16:47 /Developer/usr/bin/make -> gnumake

And typing:



make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.

So I know that it's there.

But macports can't find it. Any ideas?


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You can make a symbolic link yourself:

which make (to be sure it's there)
cd /usr/bin
ln -s /Developer/usr/bin/make make

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One more thing - once you install xCode 4.3 from the OS X App Store, launch xCode, then go to Preferences -> Downloads and install "Command Line Tools". Restart Terminal and you will be able to use Make.

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thanks, that was necessary on OSX 10.7 – Andre Holzner Aug 6 '12 at 19:07

Have you upgraded the Mac OS since installing XCode? System updates, major ones anyway like 10.5 to 10.6, may remove those programs from /usr/bin. Download the latest Xcode and reinstall. It should put them back.

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yeah, as a matter of fact, at christmas I got snow leopard. I'll try that and respond back in a bit. – GeoffreyF67 Jan 8 '10 at 16:50
That worked great! Also had to reinstall ports according to this: Thanks! – GeoffreyF67 Jan 8 '10 at 19:53
Thanks, worked for me too. Note: On OSX 10.7 Lion with XCode 4.1 downloaded from the App Store, you can re-install XCode by running the "Install" in /Applications again. Needed to trash /Developer before XCode would re-install successfully, though. – haa Jul 28 '11 at 13:04

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