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Chapter 27. Installing Unix Software > Installing from Source

27.2. Installing from Source

Open source Unix software not available as Mac OS X packages exists as bundles of raw (usually C) source code and helper files. Fortunately, there are some long-standing traditions and idioms with Unix source installation that make this process somewhat easier, but there also remain many places to get stuck, which can bewilder those without C-programming experience (and bewilder those with experience if the source is messy enough).

The usual idiom for installing software from source runs as follows.


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