[Maxima] Installing Maxima on MacOS X

Raymond Toy toy.raymond at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 14:33:13 CDT 2012

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM, Stavros Macrakis <macrakis at alum.mit.edu>wrote:

> The Maxima ports page at sourceforge<http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/maxima/index.php?title=Maxima_ports#MacOS_X>has lots of information, but no recommendations.  It says that Clisp, SBCL,
> and CMUCL are "A-OK", but doesn't say how to install them or Maxima on top
> of them.  There are also links to things called Fink and MacPorts, which
> seem to be twisty mazes of little passages.  Presumably I just need to
> install from source.  I have no problem with that, but instructions would
> be nice, as I've never installed anything on a Mac from source.  There must
> be some standard approach to dependency, source, and build management, but
> I'm afraid I don't know anything about those.  Can someone help?   I
> imagine there is some equivalent to Cygwin and I don't have to get down and
> dirty with ftp, gzip, tar, git, configure, make, etc.?

I think OSX comes with everything you need except git.  You can install git
from sources or use Fink or MacPorts to get git.

If you have a source tarball for maxima, and you have on of the supported
lisps installed somewhere, you basically run bootstrap in the maxima
directory.  Then configure and make.  (Run configure --help for some
options, including on specifying which lisp you're using and where it's
located if not in your PATH.)

If you don't have a lisp installed, might be easiest to get ccl from

Yes, I know there are lots of detail missing here. :-(

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