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+Readme for Mac usage
+====================
+
+This Readme file describes how to prepare a Mac computer for eric. The
+recommended way to do this is to install the software packages from the
+distributors web pages. Because some software is only available as source
+and compilation is a bit tricky because of the dependencies, these packages
+should be installed via a packaging system. The recommended one is MacPorts
+because of it's completeness. This is the way described below.
+
+1. Install Xcode 3 (for Snow Leopard)
+------------------
+The installation of various packages require the Xcode package that is
+available from Apple for free. Xcode 3 is contained on the Install DVD
+that came with your Mac. Just insert it and select the optional packages.
+In this window select Xcode. Make sure, you have the following selected:
+
+ - Essentials
+ - System Tools
+ - UNIX Development
+ - Documentation
+
+After the installation has finished perform an update of your system
+software via the Apple menu.
+
+Alternatively you may install the Xcode 3 package from the Apple developer
+web site. Just open your browser and enter the URL "http://developer.apple.com/xcode/".
+Follow the instructions on this page. This page requires to log in first. If
+you don't have an AppleID yet, follow the link next to the "Log in" button.
+After you have been logged in follow the download link for Xcode 3. After you
+downloaded the package install it as described above. 
+
+1. Install Xcode 4 (for Lion)
+------------------
+Open the Mac App Store and enter "xcode" into the search entry at the top
+right of the window. From the list of results select the Xcode entry. Xcode 4
+is provided free of charge. On the Xcode page select the button to get the
+package. Follow the usual procedure to start the download. Once the download
+has finished open the applications folder and select the "Install Xcode" entry.
+In contrast to the Xcode 3 procedure described above, the installer does not
+ask for a selection of sub-packages.
+
+2. Install Python 3.2
+---------------------
+Although Mac OS X comes with a python installation it is recommended to
+install the python package provided by the Python community. Download it
+from 
+
+http://www.python.org/download/
+
+After the download finished open the downloaded package and install it.
+
+Note: The Python documentation can be found in these locations
+
+/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.2/Resources/English.lproj/Documentation/index.html
+/Applications/Python 3.2/Python Documentation.html
+
+3. Install Qt4
+--------------
+Download the Qt4 package from
+
+http://qt.nokia.com/downloads/qt-for-open-source-cpp-development-on-mac-os-x
+
+After the download finished open the downloaded package and install it. The
+tools (e.g. Designer, Linguist) can be found in the location
+
+/Developer/Tools/Qt
+
+The documentation can be found in these locations
+
+/Developer/Documentation/Qt/html (HTML format)
+/Developer/Documentation/Qt/qch (QtHelp format)
+
+The translation files can be found in this location
+
+/Developer/Applications/Qt/translations
+
+4. Install QScintilla2
+----------------------
+Download the QScintilla2 source code package from
+
+http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/qscintilla/download
+
+After the download has finished open a Finder window and extract the downloaded
+archive in the Downloads folder (or any other folder of your choice). Change to
+the Qt4 directory within the extracted folder and enter these commands in a
+terminal window
+
+qmake qscintilla.pro -spec macx-g++
+make
+sudo make install
+
+5. Install sip
+--------------
+Download the sip source code package from
+
+http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/sip/download
+
+After the download has finished open a Finder window and extract the downloaded
+archive in the Downloads folder (or any other folder of your choice). Change to
+the extracted folder and enter these commands in a terminal window
+
+python3 configure.py
+make
+sudo make install
+
+6. Install PyQt4
+----------------
+Download the PyQt4 source code package from
+
+http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/pyqt/download
+
+After the download has finished open a Finder window and extract the downloaded
+archive in the Downloads folder (or any other folder of your choice). Change to
+the extracted folder and enter these commands in a terminal window
+
+python3 configure.py -c -j 8 (number of cores including hyper threaded ones)
+make -j
+sudo make install
+
+7. Install QScintilla2 Python bindings
+--------------------------------------
+Change back to the extracted QScintilla2 directory and in there change to the
+Python subdirectory. Enter these commands in a terminal window
+
+python3 configure.py -c -j 8 (number of cores including hyper threaded ones)
+make -j
+sudo make install
+
+8. Install MacPorts
+-------------------
+MacPorts is a packaging system for the Mac. I recommend to install it to use
+some applications and libraries, that are a bit tricky to compile from source
+or for which the supplier doesn't offer ready built Mac OS X packages. In order
+to install MacPorts get the proper disk image (for Lion or Snow Leopard) from
+
+http://www.macports.org/install.php
+
+and install it with the usual procedure. You may read about it's usage via
+
+http://guide.macports.org/#using.port
+
+9. Install aspell and dictionaries
+-----------------------------------
+eric4 includes the capability to perform spell checking of certain parts of
+the sources. This is done via enchant which works with various spell checking
+libraries as it's backend. It depends upon aspell and hunspell. In order to 
+install aspell enter this command in a terminal window
+
+sudo port install aspell
+
+This installs aspell and a bunch of dependancies. Once aspell has been installed
+install the dictionaries of your desire. To get a list of available dictionaries
+enter
+
+port search aspell-dict
+
+Then install them with a command like this
+
+sudo port install aspell-dict-de aspell-dict-en
+
+10. Install hunspell and dictionaries
+-------------------------------------
+penchant depends on hunspell as well. Enter these commands to install it
+
+sudo port install hunspell
+
+This installs hunspell and a bunch of dependancies. Once hunspell has been
+installed, install the dictionaries of your desire. To get a list of hunspell
+dictionaries enter
+
+port search hunspell-dict
+
+Then install them with a command like this
+
+
+11. Install enchant
+-------------------
+In order to install enchant and penchant via MacPorts enter these commands
+
+sudo port install enchant
+
+12. Install pyenchant
+---------------------
+Get the penchant sources from
+
+http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyenchant/1.6.5
+
+Extract the downloaded sources, change to the sources directory and enter
+this command
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+If you get a TypeError during the above operations open the file listed
+last (easy_install.py, line 1447) add a comment sign in front of it and
+enter this line right after it
+
+first_line_re = re.compile('^#!.*python[0-9.]*([ \t].*)?$')
+
+In order to test, if everything worked ok open a Python shell and enter
+these commands
+
+>>> import enchant
+>>> enchant.list_dicts()
+
+If you get an error (ImportError for the first command or no dictionaries
+are show for the second command) please recheck the installation checks.
+
+13. Install pysvn
+-----------------
+Mac OS X already provides subversion. However, best performance for eric5 is
+gained with the pysvn interface to subversion. Therefore it is recommended to
+install pysvn. That should be done from sources. Please note, that pysvn needs
+an updated pycxx if you installed Python 3.2.x. Get pysvn via 
+
+http://pysvn.tigris.org/project_downloads.html
+
+Extract the downloaded sources, change to the sources directory and enter this
+command
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+In order to test, if everything worked ok open a Python shell and enter these
+commands
+
+>>> import pysvn
+>>> pysvn.version
+
+This should print the pysvn version as a tuple like '(1, 7, 5, 0)'. If you get
+an error please check your installation.
+
+14. Install Mercurial
+---------------------
+Get Mercurial from
+
+http://mercurial.selenic.com/
+
+Extract the downloaded package and install it.
+
+15. Install eric5
+-----------------
+Get the latest eric5 distribution package from 
+
+http://eric-ide.python-projects.org/eric-download.html
+
+Just follow the link on this page to the latest download.
+
+Extract the downloaded package and language packs into a directory and install
+it with this command
+
+sudo python3 install.py
+
+This step concludes the installation procedure. You are ready for the first
+start of eric5.
+
+The eric5 installer created an application bundle in the location
+
+/Developer/Applications/Eric5
+
+You may drag it to the dock to have it ready.
+
+16. First start of eric5
+------------------------
+When eric5 is started for the first time it will recognize that it hasn't been
+configured yet. Therefore it will start the configuration dialog with the
+default configuration. At this point you could simply close the dialog by
+pressing the OK button. However, it is strongly recommended that you go through
+the configuration pages to get a feeling for the configuration possibilities.
+
+It is recommended to configure at least the path to the Qt tools on the Qt page
+and the paths to the various help pages on the Help Documentation page. The
+values to be entered are given above in the Python and Qt installation sections.
+
+17. Install optional packages for eric5 (for plug-ins)
+------------------------------------------------------
+eric5 provides an extension mechanism via plug-ins. Some of them require the
+installation of additional python packages. The plug-ins themselves are
+available via the Plugin Repository from within eric5.
+
+17.1 Installation of pylint
+---------------------------
+pylint is a tool to check Python sources for issues. In order to get it
+installed you have to download these packages with the latest version each.
+
+http://download.logilab.org/pub/pylint
+http://download.logilab.org/pub/astng 
+http://download.logilab.org/pub/common
+
+Once the downloads have been finished, extract all three packages and install
+them with these commands.
+
+In the logilab-common-<version> directory do
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+In the logilab-astng-<version> directory do
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+In the pylint-<version> directory do
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+Note: You may receive some errors during the above steps. However, they just
+relate to the tests included in the packages. Nevertheless, the installation
+will be fine.
+
+17.2 Installation of cx_freeze
+------------------------------
+cx_freeze is a tool that packages a Python application into executables. It is
+like py2exe and py2app. Get the sources from
+
+http://cx-freeze.sourceforge.net/
+
+and extract the downloaded source archive. cx_freeze needs to compile some
+C sources and expects the compiler to be called gcc-4.2. This is not in the
+executable path. In order to get this changed, cd to /usr/bin and do
+
+sudo ln -s gcc gcc-4.2
+
+In the extracted cx_freeze directory execute the command
+
+sudo python3 setup.py install
+
+This completes this installation instruction. Please enjoy using eric4 and let
+the world know about it.

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