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Many people know about Fink and MacPorts, but few seem to know about Rudix.

MacPorts and Fink can compile complex *nix software for Macs, including all dependencies, but they also add a lot of bulk to your hard drive. So if you're just trying to download one simple tool like wget, sox, or imagemagick, they may be overkill for what you need.

The number of packages isn't nearly as large in Rudix as it is in the others, but if they have what you're looking for, you'll just be downloading one small .pkg file for each *nix program you want.

[crarko adds: I haven't tried Rudix; their home page notes that the project uses Python, and as such, there are many Python modules available.]
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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: krsmes on May 07, '10 08:03:30AM

Uhhh... "but they also add a lot of bulk to your hard drive" -- so here, download this 378MB application for less overkill. ???

I think I'll stick with MacPorts/Porticus with that kind of overhead.



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: lowbatteries on May 07, '10 10:38:36AM

Right - MacPorts is 455 KB - a teeny tiny fraction of the size. Oh, and it can compile into pkg files too. I see no advantage to using Rudix.



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: brh on May 07, '10 12:26:27PM

Wrong - if you want to, you're free to download the entire collection. But you can just download individual packages without that overhead. To that extent, it's less overhead than MacPorts - you don't need anything installed except the package you're obtaining.

Unfortunately, rudix has very, very few ports available. And the only thing I've used it for hasn't been terribly great - I downloaded their Midnight Commander package (the one on MacPorts is not working for me on Snow Leopard). But, the build on rudix doesn't exit properly - I get back to the shell, but there's still an mc process running, pegging a cpu core. Not sure if the bug is in the version of mc rudix is using, or in how they've built it, but I never used to have that issue…



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: swiney on May 08, '10 01:01:30PM

Ummmm... Not sure what you're talking about re: rudix needing you to install something ~ 380mb. If all you want is wget... just download wget.pkg. It's less than 1mb.

Edited on May 08, '10 01:01:55PM by swiney



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: kyngchaos on May 07, '10 08:05:28AM

... bummer, Snow Leopard only. And they use X11 libraries when necessary (ie for freetype/fontconfig). I'll stick to compiling my own, as I need both Leopard and Snow support.



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: taxi on May 07, '10 10:10:49PM

Try using Homebrew (http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/, the spam filter here won't let me create a proper link). It is a much better way of installing unix programs.



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: eahimmel on May 08, '10 01:59:26PM

I suggest yall checkout homebrew. Its a similar idea, and has a library of packages thats quickly growing.

http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/



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An alternative method of installing certain Unix apps
Authored by: Zim on May 11, '10 08:47:34AM

Uh, you can download pre-compiled binaries from Fink too

"Fink uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful binary package management. You can choose whether you want to download precompiled binary packages or build everything from source."



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