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I've installed byobu in Mac OS X 10.6.5. It will start, (i.e. it will start a screen session) but in order to run byobu-config and probably in order to do some other things I need a module called snack which apparently is part of python newt.

pip search newt and pip search snack return no results. newt and snack aren't in MacPorts or Brew either.

I haven't found anything online in my searching with respect to installing newt on Mac OS X.

Has anyone else been able to install byobu and newt in Mac OS X?

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sudo port install libnewt

After that, you may need to add /opt/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages to PYTHONPATH as follows,

export PYTHONPATH=/opt/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/


setenv PYTHONPATH /opt/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/
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Any way to do this with homebrew? – acjay Sep 11 '12 at 9:38
You want brew install newt. Should happen by default with an up-to-date byobu formula. – jrhorn424 Jul 17 '13 at 0:01
@jrhorn424 newt is installed for me, but I still cant find snack – Karthik T Aug 2 '13 at 2:58
I don't recall how I got this to work, but I do know that I reinstalled brew python and brew python3 at some point, and I also removed the system and brew python executables from my search path. Very likely re-installed byobu as well. Have you tried brew install [newt|byobu] --with-python? I don't know the spec for formulas well enough to tell which actually needs that flag. – jrhorn424 Aug 5 '13 at 17:42

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