Package management system is a collection of software tools which automate the process of installing and updating software packages. Package managers for OS X are Mac App Store, Homebrew, Fink and MacPorts.

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Should I use a package manager?

I want to keep keep track of which files belong to which application, so that when I uninstall an application, I can be sure all of its files are gone, including configuration files, dependencies it ...
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How to make command apm after installing atom available?

I have installed github's editor atom into /Application. I now expected to have the command apm at my disposal to be able to install further packages. Yet: $ apm -bash: apm: command not found How ...
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how to pack python package that includes python scripts and bash scripts for OSx as pythonTool.app?

I have made a python tool which I want to share with users. I tried Automator, and it works but in that I used Application > Run Shell Script in which I hard coded the path to my python script, but ...
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Missing “show package contents” cmd

I was trying to extract the contents of a .pkg file, and right clicking on it should usually allow the context sensitive Show Package Contents option. However, it does not seem to show on any .pkg ...
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Who installed this Emacs?

I have: $ /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs --version GNU Emacs 24.3.1 $ /usr/bin/emacs --version GNU Emacs 22.1.1 How do I get rid of the second installation of Emacs?
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How to deactivate all python ports

I just started using enthought's canopy to manage my python packages; thus I want to disable and/or uninstall all of my macports python packages. Nominally, I'd like to deactivate them first - make ...
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How to update some application to latest version with homebrew-cask?

I noticed some packages provided by homebrew-cask uses a url of the latest version and a version number of "latest" such as dropbox and chrome. Thus they will never be upgraded with brew upgrade. Is ...
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Some Software Manager for Mac OS X like Synaptic in Ubuntu

Is there some software manager like Synpatic in Ubunut for Mac OS X.... Right now, I am using kind of old Mac OS X 10.5.8 and want to install softare on it... Like Opera, Firefox... I don't mind that ...
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AppleScript deployment conventions?

I haven't seen a package-management system for AppleScripts, but it seems like the foundations for one are present. Given: Scripts (and folder) located in the ~/Library/Scripts/Applications folder ...
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Trouble installing from Remote Disc

My MacBook has no optical drive. I have a Mac installation disc mounted and shared on a local Ubuntu machine and can access it, on the MacBook through the Remote Disc device in Finder. However, the ...
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OS X application manager

Unix-sytled, "package managers" like Fink, Homebrew, and MacPorts do a good job of managing 'headless' libraries. I would like something similar to manage OS X applications with a GUI. I am hoping ...
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Do open source licenses restrict Apple's ability to provide a native package manager? [closed]

I realize that there are many useful package managers for OSX (homebrew, macports, fink), but I don't understand why they are not part of the official operating system. It seems that the App store ...
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installation in terminal

I am trying to install a few software packages on my Mac os X 10.6.8. The packages are the python libraries: networkx (graph library) matplotlib (visuzlization) It seems that with matpotlib I also ...
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Installing RPM with MacPorts on Mac OS X 10.7.5

I installed MacPorts from the official site usting .pkg installer for Mac, accepting all default installation settings. Then my goal was to install rpm, so I typed respectively : sudo port -v ...
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libicu-dev: Package not found by apt-get

I try to install libicu-dev using apt-get sudo apt-get install libicu-dev And i get the error E: Couldn't find package libicu-dev I tried apt-get update but that didn't change a thing. Fink ...
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Can not run ack after installing it using MacPorts

After installing p5-app-ack using Macports I can see it is installed correctly. I can not run it however. I get ack: command not found. and which ack displays nothing. How can I see where port ...
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How do I find what packages I've installed via terminal?

I've been learning the shell for a few weeks and have installed several packages. I know/remember what some of them are, like oh-my-zsh and emacs 24 (which was a nightmare to upgrade to), but not sure ...
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How to download pre-built binaries from MacPorts without installing?

I see as of 2.0 MacPorts is hosting pre-built binaries, which it would install by default if licensing is present and compatible. I'm looking for a more current version of rsync than ships by default ...
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How to install ImageMagick on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using a precompiled binary (without a package manager)?

The wish is to manipulate images from the command line using the ImageMagick tools. No package manager because: The MacPorts port and Homebrew brew package managers have Xcode dependencies. Xcode ...
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Updating everything installed through Homebrew on Mountain Lion [closed]

After updating to 10.8 ‘Mountain Lion’ I’m wondering whether it would be vise to rebuild everything I have installed through the packaging system Homebrew (similar to MacPorts) to ensure all ...
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How should I install software from source so that I can make my configuration manageable and reproducible?

Related question on Unix/Linux: How should I install software from source so that I can make my configuration manageable and reproducible? However, I've tailored this question more towards the Mac OS ...
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Is it possible to install Linux packages on OS X?

I know that the Mac commandline is very similar to that of Linux operating systems, so it would be nice to use some features of Linux in my Mac, specially installing Linux packages. For example, in ...
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How to know what packages are available with (home)brew?

I am new to Mac coming from Ubuntu Linux background. How do I find out what packages are available for Homebrew? With Ubuntu I could search packages.ubuntu.com for example, or Google since its using ...
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What are the techniques for upgrading scripting languages on Lion OS X

How can I painlessly upgrade ruby and python languages and their libraries? Can I nuke the system versions (which are present somewhere in /System/Libraries) and install newer ones using package ...
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What are the key differences between fink and macports?

I don't want to start a holywar, but as far as I am concerned, I am on track according to the faq. I wanted to know the key differences between macports and fink. I am a long time macports user and ...
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Can't install Homebrew on Mac OS X Lion

I followed the simple instructions on Homebrew's homepage: Paste this at a terminal prompt: /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)" But I get the following permission ...
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Installed additional python2.7 to Snow Leopard. What happens to modules I want to install?

I recently asked if I should upgrade python 2.6 to python 2.71 on my Mac (Snow Leopard). I was told to install 2.7 without removing 2.6. Done! Now I was wondering how the installation of new modules ...
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How to tell PackageMaker to Execute a bash script after installation

I'm creating a new Installer using PackageMaker. I need to run a bash script after the installation is complete. In the "Contents" column I have a folder, which is the folder I want to be installed ...
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iPhone app or mod in cydia to remap headset inline remote buttons?

I was wondering if there's any package in Cydia or iPhone app that would allow me to change the inline remote buttons behavior. I often walk around the cydia with my headphones on and speaking the ...
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OS X Package Management

I'd like to know if anyone out there has done a comprehensive comparison of the various package manager solutions available for OS X. More specifically, I'm looking for: A list of all the major ...