As a preliminary to installing xfig on my mac, I downloaded and installed Darwinports 1.7, but while running
sudo port -d selfupdate
I get stuck with the error message:
rsync: failed to connect to rsync.macports.org: Operation timed out (60)
rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-35.2/rsync/clientserver.c(105) [receiver=2.6.9]
Error: Synchronization of the local ports tree failed doing rsync
DEBUG: Couldn't sync the ports tree: Synchronization of 1 source(s) failed
"macports::selfupdate [array get global_options]"
Error: /opt/local/bin/port: port selfupdate failed: Couldn't sync the ports tree: Synchronization of 1 source(s) failed
and I cannot proceed since the local tree is not sync_ed with the server.
I wouldn't say that people should replace xfig by Inkscape. Both programs have advantages and disdvantages. I find xfig better to make schematic diagrams without color gradients... You can also directly write .fig files from gnuplot to make nice curves you can easily customize...
Xfig can also be installed via "Fink Commander". It is really easy to install.
One of the problem to use xfig is that it requires the middle click on mac OS. You can however simulate a middle click by pressing the "alt" key when left-clicking. This should works fine if you selected "Emulate three button mouse" in the preference of "X11".