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I use MacPorts on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. This issue has been there for a year: whenever I upgrade MacPorts:

sudo port selfupdate

this seems to work fine. But then running:

sudo port upgrade outdated

it always fails at gettext:

Error: org.macports.activate for port gettext returned: 
Error: Failed to install gettext
Please see the log file for port gettext for details:
    /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_release_tarballs_ports_devel_gettext/gettext/main.log
Error: The following dependencies were not installed: gettext
Error: Unable to upgrade port: 1
To report a bug, follow the instructions in the guide:
    http://guide.macports.org/#project.tickets

Then if I run any port commands at all, I get:

dyld: Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libintl.8.dylib
  Referenced from: /bin/sh
  Reason: image not found

Fortunately I have another Mac so usually if I copy the same dylib back from there I'd be fine afterwards.

I don't believe that this was a bug that was hanging for years. It must have been something I've been doing wrong. Question is what?

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