Much of the previous generic Unix/Linux installation section applies also to OS X. Therefore this section deals mainly with the specifics of OS X installation, some of the steps listed here are explained in more detail in the generic Unix section.
Beside building everything on your own (good luck), at this time there are two ways to install Gwyddion:
To install and run Gwyddion you need the
Xcode Tools and X (SDK and App) installed. They where located on your
CDs/DVDs. The Xcode Tools where located on the first DVD as
XcodeTools.mpkg below Xcode Tools, the X11SDK is located as
X11SDK.pkg below the Packages Folder within Xcode Tools. X11 is
localed as X11User.pkg below
System/Installation/Packages even on the first
DVD. If you have an CD Set the Discs may differ.
The people from MacPorts recommending using the newest version of
XCode. For further information look at the
MacPorts Install Page.
Also you should have some experience using
Terminal.app. All the commands in the
the rest of this section are to be entered and run in
See installation dependencies section for an overview of required and optional packages to install prior to Gwyddion installation. The following table summarises how they are called in the two software collections:
MacPorts is a Port based System for porting and installing Open Source/GNU software to OS X. It's based on using installation files called “Portfiles” which are describing the steps to compile and install an application. So it's far easy to port software to OS X using MacPorts but every computer has to compile the application. Get and install MacPorts. After you installed MacPorts, run
sudo port selfupdate
to update MacPorts to the latest version.
Usually installing ports with MacPorts is easy. But since X11 is not the native Desktop for OS X, things went a little worse. So it is recommended to install an alternative X11 before installing Gwyddion. The recommended alternatives are XQuartz on Leopard and the Port xorg-server on Tiger. After installing the suggested X11-System, Gwyddion can be then build and installed simply by
sudo port install gwyddion
To install xorg-server (Tiger) simply type
sudo port install xorg-server
this is needed for the 3D view on Tiger.
After everything is done, you will find the StartUp-Icon
Get and install Fink. After you installed Fink run
to update the database of available packages and install Gwyddion with
apt-get install gwyddion
To install Gwyddion from source code, for instance if you want to install a development version, you need to install the required packages listed in the above table and then follow the generic Unix installation section instructions.
On MacPorts you simply click on the StartUp-Icon and wait until Gwyddion appears. Using Fink or a self-compiled version you should follow the steps below: Start X11.app and type in Terminal.app
Then run Gwyddion from the folder it
was installed to. This is typically
/usr/local/bin for Fink. So for example for
You can also configure X11.app to run Gwyddion via: Locate X11.app in your dock, open the menu, choose Applications, choose Customize from the next menu. Here you can choose add and enter the name (Gwyddion for example) as Menu Name and the complete path to Gwyddion (e.g. /usr/local/bin/gwyddion) as Command. After this you can choose Gwyddion from the X11 menu.