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I've got a MacBook and I started installing a large package (gcc 4.4) using MacPorts about an hour ago. I didn't realize it would take so long and I have to leave in a few minutes and bring my laptop with me. Is it safe to pause the MacPorts process, close my computer, open it again later, and unpause the MacPorts process?

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Well, I ended up pausing, hibernating, and then continuing later and things seem to work fine!

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If there's a specific "Pause" function, then you should be fine. If you really want to play it safe though, then abort the current process and start it again later.

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By "pause", I basically mean hitting Ctrl-Z on the command line. – Daniel Standage Mar 1 '11 at 19:13
    
Well, if you're using something like "make && make install" then you should be okay to just break out of that process, and start it again later ("make" is usually smart enough to continue where it left off). – Randolf Richardson Mar 1 '11 at 19:15

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