On 2018-02-21, at 11:14 AM, Jan Stary wrote:

>> You are done. No more circular dependency.
> Yes. One installation of MP depends on another installation.

That's not circular. CIrcular is when an installation of MacPorts depends on 
itself, and is therefore fragile. The installation of libcurl in /opt/bootstrap 
is fully independent of the one in /opt/local, and is not fragile.

I say this so as not to dissuade all those out there with broken MacPorts 
installations from using this method. 

I believe it is presently the only reliable method of getting a generally 
working MacPorts installation that can download all distfiles on older systems 
until either distfile mirroring is fixed, or until we bundle in libcurl.


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