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Re: [vox-tech] macos x questions


Oh boy, time to earn my keep! Unfortunately, I'm not in front of my Mac at the moment, so I won't be able to fill in all of the details just now.

gcc is the default compiler of OS X, but it's been modified a bit by Apple, and is not installed by default. It's also not documented very well in man/info pages, so sometimes you're left guessing about the differences between vanilla gcc and Apple gcc. You have to install the Apple Developer Tools package, which is provided on CD with the OS, or can be downloaded from developer.apple.com (they make you "register"). It does come with make, but I believe that it's probably BSD make, since most of the utilities come from BSD.

I don't use vim, so I don't know if it's there by default. Gnuplot is not there by default.

But... there's good news. There is a project called Fink (fink.sourceforge.net) that is aimed at porting as much open source software as possible to Darwin/OS X. It's a very mature project now, and you can install Gnu make (that is, if it really is BSD make that's installed by default; I'll do some fact checking tomorrow when I get into my office), gnuplot, vim, gnu fileutils (the default ones are BSD, so things that you may be used to like 'ls --color' aren't there). And bash, and, ..., and.... Actually, bash is there by default in 10.2 (Jaguar), but was not in 10.0 or 10.1, hence its availability through Fink.

I can't say enough nice things about fink, really. It uses a port of apt-get for package management, so you'll feel at home there. Of course you'll need to get yourself admin privileges to install it.

There is also a terminal emulator that runs in Aqua (it lives in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app).

So, you should really be able to make yourself at home in OS X.


Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
i've never seen mac os x, but it looks like i may have to use one this
summer for work.   i have some questions about it:

does it have gcc?  vim?  gnuplot?  gnu make?

is there a shell i can use (preferably bash)?  or is the whole operating
system point and click like windows?


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