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I want to install Ion3 on OSX. What is the easiest way?

I already tried

  • Ports:
    > port install ion3
    Tells me something about license issues.

  • Compiling the source:
    > make
    fails (I guess some missing dependencies or something..).

  • fink and homebrew:
    they do not have it (or is there a way to "make them have it").

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The README says you'll need gettext and Lua. You should be able to install those using MacPorts (gettext and lua ports). Then you'll need to modify the file to point to the installed Lua and perhaps other stuff. It will be trial and error and you'll need to read every error carefully. For example, I get this error when I run make right now:

In file included from output.c:23:
private.h:15:21: error: libintl.h: No such file or directory
make[1]: *** [output.o] Error 1

However, the file exists:

$ locate libintl.h

Another option is to look at an older Portfile and follow the build process yourself, but note that it's for an older version of ion3. Best of luck!

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Thanks so much for the old Portfile hint. I got it to compile. Here ist my file: ... no idea yet, if the compiled thing works :) – Julius Eckert Sep 26 '10 at 18:48
@Julius: Good to hear. – fideli Sep 26 '10 at 20:46

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