Chapter 13. Installing Software from Source Code

Thousands of software applications run on Mac OS X. These applications come in two forms: precompiled and source code. With precompiled software, all you have to do is install it and it is ready to run. Shrink-wrapped applications like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel are sold in precompiled form and are not available as source code (they are closed-source software, not open-source software). Unix software applications are sometimes available in both precompiled and source-code forms, but many applications are available only in the latter form.

Programmers create source code as text files that can be read by users. Except in the case of scripts (review Chapter 9, “Creating and Using Scripts”), ...

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