Development:Building:Building Dependencies from Source

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Some people prefer to build their dependencies (libIDL-0.8, autoconf-2.13) from source instead of using Fink or MacPorts and the megabytes of extra software those port systems install by default. Fortunately, it is rather trivial to build the required dependencies from source.


Dependency Tree

Building the Packages

You can install all these packages in /usr/local (where they should be picked up by your $PATH automatically). You should be very careful when building autoconf-2.13 so that you do not create an autoconf binary that will be used accidentally when scripts want the version of autoconf installed with Xcode; make sure you use the --program-suffix=213 argument.


autoconf-2.13 has no dependencies aside from software installed with Xcode.

  1. Download the autoconf-2.13 tarball and unpack.
  2. cd to the unpacked directory.
  3. ./configure --program-suffix=213
  4. make clean all; sudo make install


libIDL-0.8 ends up having three dependencies beyond software installed by Xcode, so we will build and install from the dependencies upward.


pkg-config has no external dependencies.

  1. Download the latest... and unpack.
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