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OSX 10.4, Fink, and SoX

I decided to embark on getting some of the linux tools I’ve been taking for granted working on my OSX (Tiger) machines. Particularly SoX, which I’ve recently become fond of. We do almost all telephony audio file processing on various Mac based applications anyway, and it would save some file shuffling to have SoX on those machines also. It’s been a while since I’ve done this and it’s a little tricky, so here’s the procedure:

1. Install Tiger Xcode tools. This is simple, but takes a little while.
2. Install Fink

Sox is in the unstable repository so you need to enable that.

3. From a terminal, sudo nano /sw/etc/fink.conf
4. add unstable/main and unstable/crypto to the Trees: line
5. Exit via Control-X and answer Y to save the file
6. Copy FinkCommander to the Applications folder, and run it
7. Wait for it to update the tables
8. Do a search for sox – hey it’s there now!

There are also thousands of other applications available now. Have fun!

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  1. hovachek
    October 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi pat

    I am completely stuck trying to get sox to be recognized on fink
    Could you be a little more direct with your second step? I don’t do much programming however I would love to get this to work.

    Thanks and happy tunes


  2. hovachek
    October 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I mean, 4th step… need sleep

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