||February 15, 2011 10:21
Originally Posted by egp
Mac OpenFOAM Friends,
I got a tiny 11-inch MacBook Air on Friday for travel, and since I had a fresh OS and disk I was reevaluating use of MacPorts. Lately, I've become frustrated by MacPorts, and have discovered Homebrew, http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/
Anyone else use Homebrew? Here are a few links comparing Homebrew to MacPorts and Fink:
I installed Homebrew, and used it to install git and gnuplot. Seems to be fast and easy. I did use disk images or precompiled binaries for: OpenFOAM-1.6-ext
, ipython/scipy/numpy/matplotlib (from Enthought)
, XCode developer tools
(e.g., mpicc), and MacTex-2010
I saw it once before but didn't try it. One of my main objections is that it installs itself into a standard-location (/usr/local) where it is hard to distinguish it from other stuff that might install itself there without a package manager (there are some packages like this). Of course I understand that this location can be changed but currently I'm quite happy with MacPorts and I had bad experiences in the past with mixing package managers so its unlikely I'll try it in the near future (have got only one mac at my disposal)
Originally Posted by egp
I think it would be cool if we could develop a Homebrew formula (a package in Homebrew-speak which is a Ruby script) to build OpenFOAM-extend on OSX.
I thought about a similar thing for MacPort. Two things made me not think further (apart from not having time to do it properly) and I think they apply here too:
- case sensitivity of the file system (or lack thereof): as long as this is required and as long as a case-sensitive file-system is not the default (it still isn't is it? I havn't heard His Steveness sell it as a new feature "One last thing .... this absolute magical feature. It will change the way we think about files. Now I can go to the AppStore buy an app Foo.app and another one foo.app and they can coexist in the same directory .....") I guess any package-manager repository will not accept it
- multiple versions: the highlander problem. "There can only be one interFoam in the bin-directory". I know not everyone needs multiple versions but for me the non-ability to switch between versions is a real showstopper
What could be a neat idea is to write a recipie "openfoam-1.6-ext-requirements" that installs all the stuff needed for OF (basically by pulling them in as dependencies) so that afterwards compilation of OF can be done by a simple "./Allwmake-noThirdParty"