- inability to install update the packages (neither Gimp2 nor Inkscape were on the list!). Resolved by switching from configure-rsync to configure-cvs;
- having to mv /usr/local to /usr/local.moved, installing a lib that wouldn't install and then mv /usr/local.moved /usr/local (see here);
- having to symlink libXrandr.2.0.0.dylib...i'm not even going to pretend to understand that one (see here)
And at this point my terminal is scrolling data just like in the movies. Every now and then i'll glance over at it and see some non-fatal error wing by.
Let's leave it at this: if there're no more posts about this grisly subject, it means that all's well that ends well.