fink brings the Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X.

They have a pretty good website and I basically just followed the install instructions.

I don't recall if the fink installer can set-up disk-images during the installation process, but before going finky I tried NetBSD ports 1) and I've gotten the idea on setting up disk images from them.


Don't be scared if you've never typed a command into your mac's terminal. Just pop up the the Finder: Applications → Utilities → Terminal

In good old mac fashion you you will be presented with a terminal window when you start it the first time and in you can create your new windows (shells) via the Menu-bar or the icon.

type LSEnter for a start :-)

the basic idea is that wiki-boxes like the following represent commands to be typed into a terminal window:

cd /Applications
ls -l
man locate
less -N /etc/motd 

The first word on each line is an executable (eg. man is tool to browse manual pages). The remainder are arguments or modifiers that are passed to the command: in this case we want to read the manual page of the locate command. I'll leave it to you to google “os x unix tutorial” and be sure to read up on “everything is a file”.

Note: press Q (quit) to terminate the top or less command.

OSX shell snipplets


I needed to use a HFSX (or UFS) disk-image in order to install fink gnu-software. (I think it has sth. to do with case sensitive file names and links..)

you can automate the disk-image creation by using the shell script pkgsrc/bootstrap/ from

env CVS_RSH=ssh cvs -d checkout pkgsrc/bootstrap

read pkgsrc/bootstrap/README.Darwin.

it basically does the following:

hdiutil create <filename> -megabytes 512  -partitionType Apple_HFSX -layout SPUD -fs HFSX -volname NetBSD

hditool mount <filename>

man hdiutil or hdiutil -h is your friend.

1) NetBSD does have a ffmpeg port included in their distribution.
wiki/fink.txt · Last modified: 06.11.2006 17:57 (external edit)