Open Source ports for MacOSX

Update : 17/09/2006 : MacPorts !
I needed lftp (an efficient ftp program) on my Mac. I found several “Ports projects” : Fink (deb packages) ; MacPorts.org (ex DarwinPorts.org) and DarwinPorts.com (Source based.) The first (.org) is part of OpenDarwin.org and the second (.com) is more young, more uptodate but more uncertain too.
I choose .org and it went quite well :

  1. Install XCode tools (the installer was on my HDD anyway)
  2. download and install DarwinPorts click, click …
  3. create a .profile in your home directory
    # For DarwinPorts
    export PATH=$PATH:/opt/local/bin
    export MANPATH=$MANPATH:/opt/local/share/man
    export INFOPATH=$INFOPATH:/opt/local/share/infoexport

    Now you see where it is installed : /opt/local/
  4. Type : sudo port install lftp in a terminal and your done.
  5. To keep it up-todate put this in crontab sudo /opt/local/bin/port selfupdate
    sudo /opt/local/bin/port upgrade installed
    .

Note that the basic utilities are already in MacOSX. And if you can purchase a MacOSX Server, you will get MySQSL, Postfix and so on with nice GUI to configure them !

Finally, some ships MacOSX binaries, more or less integrated. This leads to some forks, like Camino wich is a Firefox cousin or NeoOffice an OpenOffice twin.

2 Responses to Open Source ports for MacOSX

  1. Sylvain says:

    Donc finalement si j’ai bien compris : tu utilises Mac OS et non Linux sur ton mac ?

  2. bruno says:

    Of course, I like MacOSX. It is like having a great GUI on a Linux (BSD.) Besides, I don’t have time to try everything. Since MacOSX suits my needs, I stay with it.
    But yes, I regret that most of it is closed source.

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