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Chapter 14. Command-Line Software Instal... > Installing Software at the Command L...

Installing Software at the Command Line

The majority of the Unix software you'll find that hasn't been specifically made for Mac OS X is created by other users just like you. Some of them are professional programmers, but the vast majority of them are simply hobbyists who've put together an application because they wanted a program that did something, and they've made it available for you to install out of the sense of team spirit that pervades the Unix and open source communities. Because of the wide range of individuals involved, the possibilities for how the software might be delivered and what you will need to do to install it are truly limitless. We'll do our best to give an overview of the techniques used, but pay attention to the author's instructions to see whether or where they differ from our suggestions. Also, don't be afraid to use your own common sense if you find something that doesn't have instructions and our samples don't appear to apply.

Regardless of the actual steps involved in the installation, there are some things to keep in mind if you want to keep your system in some semblance of order.


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