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Re: Question GEANT4 installation on Max OS X (Zhiling Chen)
Date: 29 Aug, 2011
From: Michael H. Kelsey <Michael H. Kelsey>

On Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:40:35 GMT, Zhiling Chen wrote:
> Dear Experts, I would like to install GEANT4 on my Macbook Pro (mac os x
> 10.7) for application development.
> It seems that there are several ways to install GEANT4 on Mac OS X:
> * Use the Source or Pre-compiled Libraries from Geant4 Software Download page.
> * Use FINK
> * Use Macports
> Could you please advice me which way is better?

I think it's somewhat of a "religious" question. Directly downloading and running the GEANT4 installation script works best for me. Because I'm a collaboration member, it gives me both access to the sources, and the knowledge of how to recompile after I muck around with the core code.

If you just need GEANT4 as a third-party installed package to link against, you could use the tarball provided by G4 itself, or FINK or MacPorts, as you wish. For the latter two, if you are already using one or the other for your installation system, stick with it. Having to switch back and forth, and support both, is likely to be a pain.

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