[Kexi] Kexi for Mac OS X

John Layt johnlayt at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 23 01:06:13 CET 2010

On Monday 22 Feb 2010 21:15:46 CT' wrote:
> I have been following the Kexi project for a few weeks now and had
> intended to attempt an installation of it. Today I discovered that
> first, it's not a precompiled package for Mac. That's a major strike
> against it. Then I find the FINK project that you do have a package
> for requires a witch doctor, voo doo dolls, and some heavy chanting to
> get it to install under Mac OS X 10.6.
> I'm not a programmer, though i do frequently use Linux. The effort
> involved to even try your product under Mac OS X is a major deterrent
> even for me, let alone people who don't use Linux nor code software.
> What can I do to encourage the development of precompiled Mac OS X
> versions of Kexi? As a systems administrator, I can occasionally make
> available (via the Internet) a variety of Mac OS X systems, but I
> would need to know how you'd need them configured.

Ignore the mac.kde.org website, it's horribly out of date.  I would suggest 
you ask on the KDE-Mac mailing list 
(https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-mac), as they are the ones who do 
the actual porting and packaging work.

The OSX team are very short on developers, so last I heard they had taken the 
decision to stop releasing binary packages as a time-saving measure, and 
instead to rely solely on Fink and MacPorts source builds until such time as 
they have time and a stable code-base.  

Macports is easier to use than Fink as it has a binary installer, but neither 
have a recent KOffice2 version, Fink has 2.0.0, MacPorts has 1.9.98.

MacPorts isn't too hard to install and learn if you've ever done command line 
package installs in Linux or BSD, it just takes a very long time for all the 
dependencies to be built from scratch, allow 12 to 24 hours depending on your 
choices and machine.  Just use the MacPorts .pkg installer from 
http://www.macports.org/install.php, run "sudo port -v selfupdate" and then 
run "sudo port install kdebase4" and wait.  Then just find the KDE4 folder in 
Applications and click to launch.  See 
http://www.macports.org/ports.php?by=category&substr=kde4 for all available 
packages.  See http://guide.macports.org/#using.port for further port 


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