11.3 FinkCommander

The FinkCommander application provides a graphical user interface for Fink's commands. FinkCommmander is distributed with Fink on the Fink installer disk image, but you can also download it directly from the FinkCommander site (http://finkcommander. sourceforge .net).

To install FinkCommander, simply drag and drop the application from the disk image into your /Applications folder (or /Applications/Utilities , depending on what your preferences are).

You can use FinkCommander's search field, located in the upper-right of the main window, to find packages you are interested in. By default, the menu to the left of the search field is set to search package names . However, you can set it to something else (Description, Category, Maintainer, or Status) before you search. You can also select Binary, Stable, or Unstable to search only binary packages, only packages in the stable branch, or only packages in the unstable branch. Figure 11-1 shows the main window of FinkCommander with a search in progress for packages whose description includes "game".

Figure 11-1. Searching FinkCommander

To install a package with FinkCommander, select it in the main window and select Binary Install to install a binary package, or Source Install to install that package from source. You can remove a package by selecting it in the list and clicking Source Remove or Binary Remove.

FinkCommander also lets you run its commands in a Terminal window so you can interact directly with it. Use Source Run in Terminal Command or Binary Run in Terminal Command to run the selected command in a new Terminal window, as shown in Figure 11-2.

Figure 11-2. Running the Install command in a Terminal Window

Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks
ISBN: 0596006071
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 212

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