Quick Start

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Need to get up and running as quickly as possible?

Don't have time for lots of reading?

Just do the following (both ppc and intel):

Contents

Install Apple's Compilers and Command-Line Tools

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For 10.11 (or 10.7 - 10.10)

Go to the Apple's Developer Download Page and register for access if you haven't, and log in if you have. (You no longer have to install the whole Xcode app to get the required command-line tools). You should see something akin to the browser screen shot below. Download and install it.

If you install the whole of Xcode, after installation, you may have to accept the license with the following command:

sudo xcode-select --install

before you are able to use the command-line tools.

For 10.6.X

Go to the Apple's Developer Download Page and register for access if you haven't, and log in if you have. (You have to install the whole Xcode app to get the required command-line tools.) You should see something akin to the browser screen shot below. Download and install it.




Install Fink

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Current: OS X 10.11

If upgrading your fink installation from 10.10 or 10.9, it should be very straightforward. If installing de novo, or for more details on upgrading, please see Fink_for_10.11

See Also




Unix Shell Environment Set Up

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How to set up you Unix Environment for OS X




Apple's X11

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OS X 10.8 and Newer

Apple has dropped X11 again, so we are back to installing a third-party application. Fortunately, this appears to be fairly seamless, thanks to the Xquartz project.

Be sure to install the latest stable X11 from Xquartz.org (2.7.9 as of May 05, 2016).

It will install into /opt/X11 and it should automatically make the following symbolic links for backward compatibility:

 /usr/X11 -> /opt/X11
 /usr/X11R6 -> /opt/X11


  • Please visit our X11 wiki page for more details.


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