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What is it?

Fink is a Debian-like packaging system for darwin/MacOS X.

It allows package compilation from sources as well as binary package install.

This document assumes you have Fink properly installed and running. See Fink for more informations.

Pike 7.4


This package is known to build and run on MacOS X 10.3.x on PowerPC.

Pike 7.4 has been packaged by Xavier Beaudouin.

Binary package

There is currently no binary package available for Pike 7.4.

Source package

Depending on your platform, Pike 7.4 may be available in your fink installation. Check that:

sudo fink list pike7.4

If pike7.4 is not available, copy the pike7.4.info file to /sw/fink/dist/local/main/finkinfo/.

Then, build pike7.4:

sudo fink -b install pike7.4


If you encounter a problem, send a detailed report to the Pike mailing list, using the [Fink] subject.

Pike 7.6


This package is known to build and run on MacOS X 10.4.x on PowerPC and x86.

The pike7.6 Fink packages has been made so that it won't conflict with pike7.2 or pike7.4 Fink packages. However, i'm not sure wether pike7.2 nor pike7.4 won't mess up the pike7.6 package.

Informations about this can be found online: http://bertrand.gotpike.org/

Binary package

The Pike 7.6 packages have not been submitted to the Fink team, yet. Thus, there is no binary packages available in the Fink packages database. However, PowerPC and x86 packages can be provided to download. Please ask the Pike mailing list, using the [Fink] subject.

Source Package

The latest version of this package are in http://pike.ida.liu.se/development/cvs/browse.xml?dir.

Place the three required files (nettle.info pike7.6.info pike7.6.patch) in your local repository: /sw/fink/dists/local/main/finkinfo/.

Then use the following command for building Pike:

sudo fink -b build pike7.6

This command will build all programs required to build Pike. The -b flag will try to use the binary distribution as much as possible, so that you won't have to compile all the dependencies, only Pike and Nettle.

Once build, you'll have to install the compiled binary packages. By default, the pike7.6 package contains everything which don't require extra dependency. Every feature that require an extra dependency is put in a subpackage. They can be listed using the command:

sudo fink list pike7.6

Thus, if you want to add MySQL support in your Pike, use the following command:

sudo fink -b install pike7.6-mysql

For adding JPEG support, use:

sudo fink -b install pike7.6-jpeg


Once Pike is installed, you should be able to run hilfe from Terminal.app:

Pike v7.6 release 78 running Hilfe v3.5 (Incremental Pike Frontend)

Once hilfe is running, particular aspects of the Pike interpreter can be tested interactively.

It's possible to run the testsuite on the freshly compiled Pike if the package has been built with the -Kk flags for Fink (see Hacking).Then:

cd /sw/src/fink.build/pike7.6-7.6.86-1/Pike-v7.6.86
sudo find . -name testsuite -exec bin/test_pike.pike {} &#59;


If you want to cook your Pike package yourself, just edit the info and patch files. Once your custom changes are made, increment the Revision field and rebuild the package.

You can use the -k and -K flags for fink, so that you can easily track down any problem at configure/compile time (and you can run the testsuite).

If you add something usefull in the Pike package, please share.


If you encounter a problem, send a detailed report to the Pike mailing list, using the [Fink] subject.

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