[fpc-pascal] Installing on Mac OS X

Jonas Maebe jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be
Sun Aug 31 14:15:21 CEST 2008

On 31 Aug 2008, at 12:57, Paul wrote:

>> You did not read the file "Getting Started.rtf" on the  
>> installation  disk image, nor the "Quick start - Mac OS X/Darwin"  
>> of the file  ReadMe.txt in the same location.
> I printed an read it prior to installing.
> I've asked a collegue to come and check it, but he can't get it  
> running either.

FPC is just a compiler, like dcc.exe. "Getting it to run" involves  
typing "fpc" followed by a source file.

> We couldn't figure out the difference between methods 1 and 2.

Method 1 is what you have done. Method 2 is if you are using fink  
(which you aren't, unless you downloaded and installed it).

> It should be installed though: entering fpc in Terminal shows it

This means that you got FPC up and running.

> We're both Windows-only developers though...

As for Lazarus, it is installed in a completely non-standard location  
for a GUI app: /usr/local/share/lazarus.app (if I remember correctly).  
It would be better if it were installed either in /Applications or / 
Developer/Applications instead, so you can find it like any other  
application. Another useful addition would be for its installer to  
open up the containing folder after it's installed (by adding a  
postflight script with the "open" command), so you don't have to go  
hunting for it.

For help with Lazarus specifically you may want to use the Lazarus  
list though: http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org/mailman/listinfo/ 
lazarus (but you can ask here as well).


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