Installing and Configuring ACE on OS X
ACE on OS X can be tricky. The autoconf based method appears to be
broken in the available releases of ACE, and it is unclear is this has
been fixed in the current CVS version. The 'traditional' manual
configuration described in the official instructions for building and
installing ACE can be rather tedious. Some of the information in the
instructions for the 'traditional' method are also outdated. The
process presented here addresses these problems and has been shown to
work on fully updated versions of OS X Panther (10.3.9). Installation
on the newer OS X Tiger (10.4.x) is being investigated.
- Make sure all operating system updates have been installed
by running the Software Update utility which can be found in the Apple
menu of the Finder. The 10.3.9 update for OS X Panther includes some
changes that simplify ACE installation. It is also a good idea to keep
your computer fully updated in general.
- Download the ACE source configured for OS X: ACE-5.4.5-lib-osx-panther.zip
- Extract ACE-5.4.5-lib-osx-panther.zip to a directory of
your choosing. From the command line this can be done by:
- Change to the resulting '
Ace' directory and
run the '
- Change to the '
to compile the sources:
This will take some time to finish but only needs to be done once.
There should be some messages toward the end of the process about some
packages not being built. This is expected since they are not
configured to be built and aren't needed.
- Repeat step 4 to configure ACE in the future.
That should be it. If there are problems, contact one of the developers
listed on the DTPF
SourceForge project page.
© 2005 Eric J.
Last Modified: 27 June, 2005