“the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with OS X.“
… and they’re right! Homebrew can help you to install a whole range of great UNIX / LINUX tools (wget for one), in single steps; an alternative is MacPorts, but I have abandoned it in favour of Homebrew as it’s far easier! The disadvantage is that it doesn’t have as many tools available.
- for Homebrew you’ll need to have XCode installed from your OSX DVD, be using an Intel mac, and might need the Java Developer Update installed;
- For SQLite and other necessary tools, install the GDAL complete frameworks from Kyngchaos.
To install Homebrew, paste this into the terminal:
… and that’s it. You can now use
brew commands (no sudo needed) on the command line.
Keep Homebrew updated from time to time with: