Where can I download Lynx?

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  1. JasonR macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's link isn't working. Where can I download Lynx for OS X?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Try
    Macupdate or versiontracker

    However most of these sites point to developer's site. So if developer's site is down, then links won't work.
     
  3. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what I need to download on the developer's site...
     
  4. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Am I safe in assuming you are looking for Lynx, the web browser? If so, I'd suggest going with the last stable release (download link). I'm not sure if any pre-compiled binaries exist for Mac OS X so you may need to end up compiling and installing it by hand. It's not too bad if you already have the developer tools installed; I can give you a hand if you need one (I need to update my install anyway).
     
  5. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're right. I downloaded it...but have no idea how to install it.
     
  6. melchior macrumors 65816

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    do you have the developer tools installed? they're on your installation dvd or downloadable from apple developer site. but they're 600mb or so, dvd is fine.

    once installed, open terminal.app.

    assuming you have safari set to download to default location and autodecompress
    Code:
    cd ~/Downloads/Lynx2-8-6/
    Code:
    ./configure
    Code:
    sudo make install
    then, because it's installed in your /usr/bin folder any user can use it at any time by typing
    Code:
    lynx
    from the terminal...

    out of interest, why are you after lynx?
     
  7. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    For use with the stupid geek tool thing. I downloaded it via firefox in my user/downloads directory...

    How would I know if I have the developer tools installed?
     
  8. melchior macrumors 65816

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    ok, sounds interesting. to get website updates on your desktop i suppose?

    i may be jumping the gun a little, but if i did't remember installing the dev tools, it's unlikely that i had. but that's just me.

    it is easy, if you can dig out your instal disk. if you want to check for sure because someone else uses the computer, and may have installed them. xcode installs a bunch of, mostly examples, to /Developer/ if it's not in you root directory, it's safe bet it's not installed. so go ahead and install them.
     
  9. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    The default PREFIX for the lynx configure script is actually "/usr/local", not "/usr" so he may need to tweak his .bashrc/.bash_profile a bit.

    @JasonR,
    You can see if the Developer tools package is installed by heading looking for a folder called "Developer" at the top-level of your boot drive. In that folder there should be folders called "Applications", "Documents", etc. If it is not installed, you can download it from Apple's developer site; you just need to sign up for a free account.
     
  10. boast macrumors 65816

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    maybe you should try getting it via macports. might be easier.
     
  11. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    MacPorts needs the Dev Tools, too, though.

    But that would be my suggestion.
     
  12. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I do have the developer tools installed. Yes, I'd be using lynx to get desktop updates. What's the correct way to install it?
     
  13. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    If you follow melchior's instructions, lynx will be installed in the "/usr/local/bin" directory; the actual lynx binary will be at "/usr/local/bin/lynx". If you would rather go the MacPorts way, someone else is going to have to chime in, I'm not a huge fan of Fink/MacPorts.
     
  14. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not exactly working. Check the attachment.
     

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  15. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like gcc, make, etc. are not installed. Are you sure you installed the developer tools?
     
  16. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope! Just saw that Developer was in my root folder. I'll install the developer tools and try again.
     
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    We all knew it was going to happen on this thread, but I guess I have to be the one to do it.

    Rudix. Stupidly simple.
     
  18. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, I have a question. Where is the lynx.command file that I need to move to the applications folder? Is it the lynx unix executable file?

    Can't get geektool to output the weather script...nothing shows up...
     
  20. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    You probably need to write up a quick script that calls Lynx with the commands you want. Since Lynx is interactive by default you can't just have Geektool call it. You would probably need to type up a script like the one below in your favorite text editor (vi, emacs, nano, TextEdit, etc. it must be plain text though!):

    Code:
    #!/usr/bin/env bash
    /usr/local/bin/lynx -width=160 -dump "http://www.google.com"
    Then save it wherever you want, in the terminal, type
    Code:
    chmod 755 
    then drag and drop the saved script onto the Terminal window and, finally, configure GeekTool to use that script. I haven't used GeekTool so I don't know exactly what it's expecting; I'm just assuming that it simply redirects the stdout from any scripts that it runs.


    @Signal-11
    Never heard of Rudix before. I'll have to check it out; it looks interesting.
     
  21. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    It's definitely convenient.

    Beats the hell out of jumping through the Macports or Fink hoops for a 20 minute date with mc.
     
  22. JasonR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone help me get lynx running with Geektool? I looked through the geektool thread which didn't help me out much.
     

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