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Fink version 0.5.0a released! UNIX
I received an announcement from the Fink project team that version 0.5.a is now available at the Fink web site. If you haven't heard of Fink, it's an open-source package installation manager for OS X. In other words, it's by far the easiest method of installing a huge number of UNIX applications, including things like XDarwin and the GIMP (a graphics manipulation package). Fink takes care of finding and installing all the dependencies, downloading everything, and compiling the program (or installing a precompiled binary when available). As of now, there are over 1,800 source packages and about 700 precompiled binaries available.

The best news about version 0.5.0a is that it includes full Jaguar support. I've been holding off on re-installing Fink due to some of the issues regarding Jaguar (as much as I like the leading edge, I need to stay on this side of the cliff!). Now that 0.5.0a is available, though, Fink is (as we speak!) being installed on my production machine again. If you're looking for an easy and clean (all software is installed in one parent directory) way to install and test a huge number of UNIX applications, Fink can't be beat...

Thanks to the members of the Fink project team for all their hard work in helping to make a wide range of UNIX software available to all OS X users. I'd have about a 0.01% chance of getting something like the GIMP running on my own; with Fink, a full installation is a matter of a couple of keyboard presses and some time!
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Heads up
Authored by: iomud on Dec 12, '02 11:43:57AM

I recently had a hosed fink install from an upgrade and deleted the /sw dir for a clean reinstall and found out that some packages are missing in the new fink dist like dict and ncftp.



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Heads up
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Dec 12, '02 11:47:03AM

Probably these packages are not yet stable. Look at the fink homepage! You might want to add unstable packages or wait for a stabe release.



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unstable != bad
Authored by: mervTormel on Dec 12, '02 01:01:33PM

yep. as gaspode said, these packages are in the unstable tree. enable unstable and you'll be able to install them.



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CVS
Authored by: 47ronin on Dec 12, '02 12:59:32PM

Can we upgrade via CVS? If some of us installed the Jaguar version from bootstrap, is it safe to overwrite our /sw directory with a GUI installer? Hmm, right now this is what I have since the last fink selfupdate-cvs:

% fink --version
Package manager version: 0.11.1
Distribution version: 0.5.0a.cvs

Looks new... is it the newest?



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CVS
Authored by: mervTormel on Dec 12, '02 01:04:01PM

yep. yer good to go. i don't understand your other questions, but it looks like your cvs update worked okay.



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CVS
Authored by: Ranger Rick on Dec 12, '02 01:12:06PM

Can we upgrade via CVS?



Yup, just do a 'fink selfupdate-cvs' and you'll have the same stuff as 0.5.0a.



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CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: TXLogic on Dec 12, '02 04:21:40PM
> > Can we upgrade via CVS?
>
> Yup, just do a 'fink selfupdate-cvs' and you'll have the same stuff as 0.5.0a.


When I tried this fink wanted to upgrade dpkg to 1.9.20-4. It failed with the msgs below. Any help appreciated.


TXLogic


/sw/include/md5.h:27: parse error before "UINT4"
/sw/include/md5.h:27: warning: no semicolon at end of struct or union
/sw/include/md5.h:28: warning: type defaults to `int' in declaration of `count'
/sw/include/md5.h:28: warning: data definition has no type or storage class
/sw/include/md5.h:30: parse error before '}' token
/sw/include/md5.h:30: warning: type defaults to `int' in declaration of `MD5_CTX'
/sw/include/md5.h:30: warning: data definition has no type or storage class
/sw/include/md5.h:32: parse error before "PROTO_LIST"
/sw/include/md5.h:33: parse error before "PROTO_LIST"
/sw/include/md5.h:35: parse error before "PROTO_LIST"
/sw/include/md5.h:37: parse error before "PROTO_LIST"
mlib.c:151: field `ctx' has incomplete type
mlib.c: In function `buffer_write':
mlib.c:163: warning: implicit declaration of function `MD5Init'
mlib.c:177: warning: implicit declaration of function `MD5Final'
mlib.c:211: warning: implicit declaration of function `MD5Update'
make[1]: *** [mlib.o] Error 1
make: *** [all-recursive] Error 2
### execution of failed, exit code 2
Failed: compiling dpkg-1.9.20-4 failed


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CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: Ranger Rick on Dec 12, '02 05:36:49PM

I believe at one point there was a buggy package (cyrus-sasl maybe?) that had an md5.h file that conflicts with the system's md5.h.

Try doing 'dpkg -S /sw/include/md5.h' and then remove whatever package it is that supplies it, and see if that helps.

If it doesn't, it could be a developer tools issue. Have you installed the July tools and all updates on top of it?



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CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: bhines on Dec 12, '02 11:07:17PM

Yes, this is due to cyrus-sasl. Remove cyrus-sasl before updating.



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CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: TXLogic on Dec 13, '02 12:12:33PM

Except openldap-ssl depends on cyrus-sasl and pine-ssl depends on openldap-ssl and I use pine-ssl! :-(

TXLogic



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CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: TXLogic on Dec 13, '02 12:34:39PM

Ah, but it's far better to have a healthy fink install; I usually read my mail via ssh and mutt anyway...

Clobbering cyrus-sasl did the trick. Thanks.

TXLogic



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CVS
Authored by: area51 on Dec 17, '02 07:03:25PM

Here's my current version:

Package manager version: 0.11.1
Distribution version: 0.4.0.cvs

If I try fink selfupdate I get the following error:

su abari -c 'cvs -z3 update -d -P'
cvs update: could not open /Users/abari/.cvspass: No such file or directory
cvs [update aborted]: use "cvs login" to log in first
### execution of su failed, exit code 1
Failed: Updating using CVS failed. Check the error messages above.

Could someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?



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update
Authored by: Glanz on Dec 12, '02 07:44:35PM

You can update by doing a "fink selfdate" period...... Then your version will be 0.5.0a, the final. DO NOT USE the .dmg installer. DO not run "fink selfupdate-cvs" until AFTER "fink selfupdate



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RE: CVS: compile of dpkg 1.9.20-4 failed
Authored by: Miga on Dec 12, '02 04:52:59PM

You should write a message to the maintainer of the package.

Make a:

fink info dpkg

and you'll get the email address of the maintainer.

Send him the compiling phase together with version of Fink (fink -V), version of system, type of fink update (cvs or binaries) so that he could help you.



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Thanks Fink!
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 13, '02 04:06:27AM

The Fink team deserves a loud round of applause! Two hands colliding here!

You make my life much easier. Bless each and every one you who has added to the project!

Especially Max & Crisp.

Y



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Very linux oriented
Authored by: little_dude on Dec 13, '02 08:40:17AM

Fink is a great package, don't get me wrong, and it delivers apps to OSX that we otherwise would have to wait for a very long time. But one should be aware that the majority of fink apps are KDE, gnome or commandline applications.

so don't expect much fanchysmanchy aqua stuff ! A lot of these apps look butt-ugly running on OSX !



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Very linux oriented
Authored by: risc_abacus on Dec 13, '02 11:15:40AM

Note to Little Dude...

KDE, GNOME and other fink packages are not Linux oriented. They are UNIX apps... Sure some people think Unix is just Linux but that's just plain wrong. Fink is like FreeBSD port collection. It manages the dependencies that the apps rely on. Also if you want to use X11 apps if you use the right WM and Themes the apps don't look half bad. Fink just gives Mac OS X users the power to use other UNIX apps in the computer world that are not only popular but are widely used.



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Giflib
Authored by: Donlea20 on Dec 14, '02 12:24:06PM

Am I the only one having this problem? I've been trying to install gnome and gimp for about three weeks now and the installation using fink always gets stuck here:

curl -f -L -s -S -O ftp://prtr-13.ucsc.edu/pub/libungif/giflib-4.1.0.tar.gz
curl: (9) Couldn't change to directory pub/libungif
### curl failed, exit code 9
Downloading the file "giflib-4.1.0.tar.gz" failed.

(1) Give up
(2) Retry



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Giflib
Authored by: homer on Dec 18, '02 07:08:47PM

I was having a similar problem, which I corrected by enabling passive FTP in /sw/etc/fink.conf. Specifically, I set ProxyPassiveFTP to true.

i.e.
ProxyPassiveFTP: true

Hope that helps!



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Giflib
Authored by: homer on Dec 18, '02 07:11:13PM

Ack. I just reread your post, and realized that I was thinking about a different problem. Never mind!



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