[kwlug-disc] open source on Mac without Xcode

J W jeff.w.bulk at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 15:52:27 EDT 2010

I'm no expert but I have a Mac and I think the reason everything
requires Xcode is that Xcode provides the Mac equivalent of the
build-essential package.  Just an uneducated guess from someone who
tried installing macports stuff before.

If you were to install those tools without installing Xcode maybe joy
would rain from the sky for you?


On 2010-09-06, at 11:44 AM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been briefly looking into MacPorts and friends, trying to figure out
> how to install GNU tools and other open source software on a Mac, but
> without installing Xcode.
> Maybe I'm odd, but it seems strange for free software to have a dependency
> on a closed development kit.  Has anyone tackled this before?  Is there
> some fundamental reason for Xcode that I'm not aware of?
> Thanks,
> - Chris
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