Installing the homebrew package manager for OS X

Update Aug-2010: This post is now a bit out of date. If you are interested in getting started with Homebrew, checkout my updated post

homebrew is a package management system for OS X that allows you to install various open source packages much like macports. Homebrew claims to simplify some aspects of the package mangement process, for example, by putting packages in /usr/local/Cellar/PKG and symlinking into /usr/local rather than relying on a custom package database. Another advantage is that it aims to reuse any software already installed on your Mac instead of taking a self-contained approach, like macports, where you end up needing a custom version many libraries you already have (the duplication of which can sometimes come back to bite you).

Anyhow, I'm just installing it now to give it a shot. Here's how I installed it using git archive. I thought this two liner was worth sharing:

sudo chown -R `whoami`:staff /usr/local
cd ~/src
git clone git://
cd homebrew
git archive --format=tar HEAD|(cd /usr/local;tar xf -)

Update: Actually, to get more out of homebrew, you might actually want to turn your /usr/local directory into a homebrew git repository. So instead of the above, you really want this:

sudo chown -R `whoami`:staff /usr/local
cd /usr/local
git clone git:// .

If you plan on contributing new formulas or otherwise tweaking homebrew, you might consider first creating a fork of the main repo and cloning that into your /usr/local.

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