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<h1><a href="./">Homebrew</a></h1>
<p id="subtitle"><strong>The missing package manager for OS X</strong></p>
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<p>Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.</p>
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<pre><code><span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> brew install wget</code></pre>
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<p>Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into <code>/usr/local</code>.</p>
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<pre><code><span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> cd /usr/local
<span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> find Cellar
Cellar/wget/1.12
Cellar/wget/1.12/bin/wget
Cellar/wget/1.12/share/man/man1/wget.1
<span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> ls -l bin
bin/wget -&gt; ../Cellar/wget/1.12/bin/wget</code></pre>
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<p>Homebrew won’t install files outside its prefix, and you can place a Homebrew installation wherever you like.</p>
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<p>Trivially create your own Homebrew packages.</p>
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<pre><code><span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> brew create http://foo.com/bar-1.0.tgz
Created /usr/local/Library/Formula/bar.rb
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<p>It's all git and ruby underneath, so hack away with the knowledge that you can easily revert your modifications and merge upstream updates.</p>
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<pre><code><span style="color: #e3d796;">$</span> brew edit wget <span style="color: #666;"># opens in $EDITOR!</span></code></pre>
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<p>Homebrew formula are simple Ruby scripts:</p>
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<pre class="overflow"><code><span style="color: #8a9597;">require</span> <span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">formula</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span>
<span style="color: #8a9597;">class</span> <span style="color: #e3d796;"><em>Wget</em></span&lt; Formula
  homepage <span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">http://www.gnu.org/wget/</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span>
  url <span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">http://ftp.gnu.org/wget-1.12.tar.gz</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span>
  md5 <span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">308a5476fc096a8a525d07279a6f6aa3</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span>
  <span style="color: #8a9597;">def</span> <span style="color: #a999ac;">install</span>
    system <span style="color: #c2c98f;">"</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">./configure</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;"> </span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">--prefix=</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">#{</span>prefix<span style="color: #c2c98f;">}</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">"</span>
    system <span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span><span style="color: #a2a96f;">make install</span><span style="color: #c2c98f;">'</span>
  <span style="color: #8a9597;">end</span>
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<p>Homebrew complements OS X. Install your gems with <code>gem</code>, and their dependencies with <code>brew</code>.</p>
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<h2>Install Homebrew</h2>
<pre style='clear:both;text-align:center;margin:0 -0.5em;margin-bottom:0.9em'><code id='selectable' onclick="selectText()">ruby &lt;(curl -fsSkL raw.github.com/mxcl/homebrew/go)</code></pre>
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<p>Paste that at a Terminal prompt.</p>
<p>The script explains what it will do and then pauses before it does it. There are more installation options <a href='https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/Installation'>here</a>.
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<h2>Further Documentation</h2>
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<p><a href="https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki">Homebrew Wiki</a></p>
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<p>Original code by <a href="http://methylblue.com/">Max Howell</a>. Website by <a href="http://exomel.com">Rémi Prévost</a>.</p>
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