Download Fink Source Release
OS X 10.4 and later:
The source tarball contains the fink package manager. After you have installed it, you will be able to get package descriptions and patches. It will use these to download the source code from the original distribution sites or the Fink project's mirrors and build them on your local machine.
The current version, fink-0.31.5, was officially released on 2011-11-21.
- For OS X 10.5-10.7, use fink-0.31.5 - 1312K, .tar.gz format
- For OS X 10.4, use fink-0.30.2 - 1188K, .tar.gz format
You will also need to install an appropriate version of the Xcode Tools (c.f. the Quick Start page) for your operating system.
Unpack the tar.gz archive if this hasn't been done automatically, e.g. via
tar -xvzf fink-0.31.5.tar.gz
tar -xvf fink-0.31.5.tar
if it has already been partially unpacked, in a terminal window. Then, in a terminal window, change to the resulting fink-0.31.5 directory, and use
to start the boostrapping operation, which will install the Fink base setup. If you would like to use a different location than the default /sw, you can do this via
(replace /path with the directory you want to use).
After the installation is completed, running the command
will set up your environment for Fink (assuming you have installed Fink under /sw). If you open a new terminal window, the session will use these environment settings. Once you have installed finkand the other base packages, the command sequences:
fink index -f
fink index -f
will download the package description files and patches.
rsync is generally preferable to
cvs for most people.
Installation and usage instructions are inside the distribution tarball. Please read them - Fink is not a one-click-and-done thing. The documents README, INSTALL and USAGE are provided as pure text (for reading from the command line) and as HTML (for reading in a browser and for printing). They are also available online in the documentation section.
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