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2016-11-12: fink-0.41.0 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.41.1 to help us deal with adjustments to the libXt library from XQuartz via the use of the XQuartz version in the system-xfree86* packages, and to support OS X 10.12.1 .

2016-09-20: fink-0.41.0 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.41.0 to provide Sierra (10.12) support. This release officially supports 10.9.0-10.12.0 and incorporates other bug fixes and enhancements. The best update sequence from going to 10.9 or 10.10 to 10.12 is as follows:

0) Start on 10.9 or 10.10.

1) fink cleanup --deb

2) fink selfupdate

4) Update to 10.12

5) fink reinstall fink

If you happen to have updated your OS X before updating fink, see if you can install fink-0.41.0 for your former distribution by using sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install fink and then use fink reinstall fink to switch your distribution.

Otherwise you can download a .deb archive manually, and install it using sudo dpkg -i fink_0.41.1-111_darwin-x86_64.deb from the directory where you downloaded it, then use fink reinstall fink to update the distribution.

2016-08-13: fink-0.39.5 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.39.5 for 10.9-10.11. This officially supports 10.9.0-10.11.6, and among other fixes and enhancements it switches from using otool to otool-classic to maintain compatibility with Xcode 8.

2016-07-30: Development support for 10.12-

The Fink Project has created a github branch named sierra-alpha-bravo for 10.12 development. This is accessible via git as well as through the branch webpage.

2016-07-30: fink-0.39.4 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.39.4 for 10.9-10.11. This officially supports 10.9.0-10.11.5 and incorporates bug fixes and enhancements. The best update sequence from going to 10.9 or 10.10 to 10.11 is as follows:

0) Start on 10.9 or 10.10.

1) fink cleanup --deb

2) fink selfupdate

3) fink selfupdate

4) Update to 10.11

If you happen to have updated your OS X before updating Fink, you can download a .deb archive , and install it using sudo dpkg -i fink_0.39.4-101_darwin-x86_64.deb from the directory where you downloaded it.

2015-10-31: fink-0.39.2 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.39.2 for 10.9-10.11. This incorporates bug fixes and enhancements. The best update sequence from going to 10.9 or 10.10 to 10.11 is as follows:

0) Start on 10.9 or 10.10.

1) fink cleanup --deb

2) fink selfupdate

3) fink selfupdate

4) Update to 10.11

If you happen to have updated your OS X before updating Fink, you can download a .deb archive , and install it using sudo dpkg -i fink_0.39.2-101_darwin-x86_64.deb from the directory where you downloaded it.

2015-09-30: fink-0.39.0 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.39.0 to support OS X El Capitan (10.11). This release also switches the distribution tree used by fink on 10.9 and 10.10. The best update sequence from going to 10.9 or 10.10 to 10.11 is as follows:

0) Start on 10.9 or 10.10.

1) fink cleanup --deb

2) fink selfupdate

3) fink selfupdate

4) Update to 10.11

If you happen to have updated your OS X before updating Fink, you can download a .deb archive , and install it using sudo dpkg -i fink_0.39.0-101_darwin-x86_64.deb from the directory where you downloaded it.

2015-09-12: Beta support for OS X 10.11 now in fink master-

Support for OSX 10.11 beta is now available in Fink master, but not yet in release. This can be downloaded from fink's github site.

2008-08-15: fink-0.38.7 released-

fink-0.38.7 was released on 15 August, 2015. This release supports OS X up to 10.10.

2015-07-31: CVS access restored-

We now have CVS access back for services including selfupdate, package updates, and website updates.

2015-06-13: fink-0.38.6 and dpkg-base-files-0.4 released.-

fink-0.38.6 was released on 13 June, 2015. This release fixes an issue which prevented bootstrapping on Yosemite (or later) using Xcode newer than 6.2 .

dpkg-base-files-0.4 was also released on 13 June, 2015. This update mitigates an issue in which packages with app bundles couldn't be updated on Yosemite:

 unable to make backup link of 
 before installing new version: 
 Operation not permitted

Users are encouraged to run fink selfupdate and install these new versions.

2015-06-9: fink development branch for 10.11 on github-

If you are interested in helping us with the migration to 10.11, a current released fink won't do the job. A branch has been set up on fink's github site for this.

Please note that right now we are in an alpha stage and you might need to wipe your Fink distribution out a as stuff gets changed around.

2015-05-14: fink-0.38.5 released.-

fink-0.38.5 was released on 14 May, 2015. This release enables official OS X 10.10.3 support, and reverts a change made in fink-0.38.4 to restore the requirement that the /usr/X11R6 convenience symlink be present for the x11* virtual packages to be active.

It also downgrades building libraries with flat namespace from a fatal validation error to a warning, since some packages require such a build. There are a number of additional validation enhancements as well. Check the commit logs on fink's github site for additional information.

2014-11-29: fink-0.38.3 released.-

fink-0.38.3 was released on 29 November, 2014. This release enables the official 10.10 binary distribution by default, along with official OS X 10.10.1 support and other fixes and enhancements.

2014-10-18: Yosemite: fink-0.38.0 publicado-

fink-0.38.0 fue publicado el 18 octubre de 2014. El projecto Fink anuncia soporte oficial para Yosemite (OS X 10.10) con el lanzamiento de fink-0.38.0.

Usuarios con 10.9 que quieren instalar 10.10 necesitan primero instalar fink-0.38.0 (or mayor) en 10.9 antes de instalar 10.10. Fink no se puede actualizar directamente a 10.10 desde 10.7 ó 10.8.

2014-9-20: fink-0.37.1 publicado-

fink-0.37.1 fue publicado el 20 de septiembre de 2014. Esta versión corrige bootstrapping bajo Xcode 6.x é incluye otras correcciones y mejoras. Aparte, fink-0.37.1 incluye soporte para 10.9.4 and 10.9.5.

2014-06-04: fink-0.36.5 y fink-0.37.0 publicados. Ultima versión para 10.6-

fink-0.37.0 and fink-0.37.0 fueron publicados el 4 de junio de 2014. Estas versiones corrigen errores en la detección de de Java en Snow Leopard si el usuario está usando una versión antigua del Java SDK. fink-0.37.0 reconoce OS X 10.9.3.

fink-0.36.5 marca la ultima versión con soporte para OS X 10.6. La lista de paquetes seguira activa, pero el sistema ya no recibira nuevas versiones.

2014-04-06: fink-0.36.4 publicado-

fink-0.36.4 fue publicado el 6 de abril, 2014. Esta versión activa el uso de la distribución binaria oficial en 10.8 y 10.9 (con soporte provisional en el futuro para 10.6 y 10.7). Adicionalmente, esta versión funciona en torno a problemas introducidos por Xcode 5.1 en 10.8 y 10.9, corrige problemas en bootstrap cuando no ha sido instalado, y activa la arquitectura x86_64 como el standard durante bootstrap en 10.6.

Se anima a los usuarios que usen fink selfupdate para instalar esta versión, principalmente a causa de los problemas introducidos por Xcode 5.1.

2014-04-06: Problemas con el sistema de rsync-

El projecto ha estado teniendo problemas con el servidor maestro de rsync. Este problema afecta a casi todos los servidores espejo. Para resolver el problema, se puede editar el fichero /sw/etc/fink.conf y ajustar la opción de Mirror-rsync a uno de estos dos servidores:


También se puede usar el comando fink selfupdate-cvs para cambiar el sistema de actualización.

2013-12-30: fink- publicado-

fink- fue publicado el 30 de diciembre, 2013. Esta versión incluye soporte para OS X 10.9.1, y corrige un problema donde Fink no podría acceder las distribuciones binarias en plataformas de 64-bits. También corrige un problema en plataformas de 32-bits que fue introducido con fink-0.36.3.

2013-11-17: fink-0.36.1 publicado-

fink-0.36.1 fue publicado el 17 de noviembre 2013. Esta versión corrige un error en la construcción de módulos de Perl que fue introducido con fink-0.36.0. Animamos a nuestros usuarios que instalen fink-0.36.1 para arreglar ese problema.

Esta versión también revisa durante el proceso de bootstrap si el usuario tiene instalado la versión correcta de las herramientas de la linea de comandos.

2013-10-31: fink-0.36.0 publicado-

fink-0.36.0 fue publicado el 31 de octubre, 2013. Esta es la primera versión que funciona con OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

2012-04-09: fink- released-

fink- was released on 9 April, 2012. This bugfix release fixes an issue with bootstrapping on 10.5/PowerPC.

2012-04-08: fink- released-

fink- was released on 8 April, 2012. This release allows users on 10.7 to bootstrap against the Xcode Command Line Tools. Note that some packages actually require the full Xcode to build.

2012-03-27: fink- released-

fink- was released on 27 March, 2012. This release allows users to install Xcode 4.3.x in an arbitrary location.

After installing Xcode 4.3.x, users should: (1) Select the Components pane from Xcode->Preferences->Downloads and install the Command Line Tools, or install them via the separate installer from, and (2) run

sudo xcode-select -switch /path/to/

(replacing /path/to with the actual path to the Xcode app) to make sure that everything is pointed in the right place.

fink- also enhances the checksumming operation under fink fetch.

2012-02-16: fink-0.32.3 released-

fink-0.32.3 was released on 16 February, 2012. This release recognizes changes that were made for Xcode 4.3.

After installing Xcode 4.3 in /Applications (and only there) , users should: (1) Select the Components pane from Xcode->Preferences->Downloads and install the Command Line Tools, or install them via the separate installer from, and (2) run

sudo xcode-select -switch /Applications/

to make sure that everything is pointed in the right place.

2012-02-03: fink-0.32.2 released-

fink-0.32.2 was released on 3 February, 2012. This release contains a fix for a bug in the handling of multiple source archives in a package, and recognizes OS 10.7.3.

2012-01-26: fink-0.32.1 released-

fink-0.32.1 was released on 26 January, 2012. This release introduces a number of new features.

Those that impact package maintainers include: RuntimeDepends, which are dependencies that are only required when a package is installed, improvements to the package validator, updated manpages, and direct support for .xz archives.

Those that impact users include improvements in the bootstrap script and additional helpful suggestions in the post-error output.

2012-01-03: fink-0.31.6 released-

fink-0.31.6 was released on 3 January, 2012. This is a bugfix release to address issues with the use of HTTP proxies under cvs selfupdates.

2011-11-22: fink-0.31.5 released-

fink-0.31.5 was released to the 10.4/stable and 10.7/stable trees on 22 November, 2011. This is a bugfix release to address bootstrapping and building on OS X 10.6 with Xcode 4.2.

2011-10-28: fink-0.31.4 released-

fink-0.31.4 was released to the 10.4/stable and 10.7/stable trees on 28 October, 2011. The primary new feature in this release is to ensure that the default compiler on OS X 10.6 is the same for Xcode 3.2.x and 4.2. In addition, the versions of some of the other essential packages which get installed at bootstrap have been updated.

2011-10-12: fink-0.31.3 released-

fink-0.31.3 was released to the 10.4/stable and 10.7/stable trees on 12 October, 2011. It recognizes OS 10.7.2 as a supported OS X version, and recognizes Growl 1.3 from the App Store.

2011-09-30: Phasing out the unstable tree.-

To make our logistics easier, as well as to make the user experience better, we have begun to phase out the unstable tree. Users won't notice any difference unless they have deactivated stable in the Trees: line of fink.conf, which was never a recommended course of action.

2011-09-26: fink-0.31.2 released-

fink-0.31.2 was released to the 10.4/unstable and 10.7/stable trees on 26 September, 2011. Packages are now built by default using the number of parallel threads specified by the MaxBuildJobs field set via fink configure. In addition, maintainers no longer have to specify a particular version of fink to use a PatchFile, and fixes a Perl issue.

It is expected that the package will be added to 10.4/stable shortly.

2011-09-11: fink-0.31.1 released-

fink-0.31.1 was released to the 10.4/unstable and 10.7/stable trees on 11 September, 2011. It fixes an issue in which 32-bit machines running OS 10.6 wouldn't be allowed to bootstrap, even though this is a fully supported configuration. It also provides a more robust scheme to report on the Xcode version in error messages than in prior fink versions. Finally OS 10.7.1 is recognized as a supported OS version.

It is expected that the package will be added to 10.4/stable shortly.

Update, 2011-09-26: It has been added to 10.4/stable.

2011-07-20: Fink and Lion--updated.-

OS X 10.7 "Lion" was released on July 20, 2011. We want to let Fink users know what to expect if updating.

First, the fink program itself will not run on a system which has been upgraded to Lion. However, it will be possible to use the dpkg program to extract a list of the Fink packages which had been installed under 10.6, so that they can be reinstalled under 10.7. Use

dpkg --get-selections | cut -f1 > fink_packages.txt

to extract the packages, and

cat fink_packages.txt | xargs fink install

once you have installed Fink for 10.7.

To upgrade Fink after upgrading to Lion, one will have to bootstrap Fink again, using a tarball for fink-0.31.0 or later.

Second, due to lots of changes under the hood, there currently are many fewer Fink packages which build under 10.7 as opposed to 10.6. Thus, even if you've extracted a list of Fink packages which had been installed under 10.6, some of them may not yet be installable under 10.7. We are currently creating a database showing which packages can be successfully installed under 10.7, and work is ongoing to add packages.

10.7 introduces several drastic changes to how the system works. While this may cause a slight delay in full Fink functionality in the short term, it will make Fink work better in the future.

2011-07-16: Fink and Lion.-

Apple has announced that OS X 10.7 "Lion" will be released in July. We want to let Fink users know what to expect when Lion is released.

First, the fink program itself will not run on a system which has been upgraded to Lion. However, it will be possible to use the dpkg program to extract a list of the Fink packages which had been installed under 10.6, so that they can be reinstalled under 10.7. Use

dpkg --get-selections | cut -f1 > fink_packages.txt

to extract the packages, and

cat fink_packages.txt | xargs fink install

once you have installed Fink for 10.7.

(To upgrade fink after upgrading to Lion, one will have to bootstrap fink again, using a new version of fink which will be released shortly after Lion has been released. Watch this space for an announcement.)

Second, due to lots of changes under the hood, there will initially be many fewer Fink packages which work under 10.7 as opposed to 10.6. Thus, even if you've extracted a list of Fink packages which had been installed under 10.6, some of them may not yet be installable under 10.7. We are currently creating a database showing which packages can be successfully installed under 10.7, but that database may not be complete prior to the release of Lion.

10.7 introduces several drastic changes to how the system works. While this may cause a slight delay in full Fink functionality in the short term, it will make Fink work better in the future.

2011-07-11: fink-0.30.2 released.-

fink-0.30.2 was released to the unstable tree on 11 July, 2011. It is likely that this will be the last version that supports OS 10.4.

It is planned to release it to stable soon.

Update, 2011-07-15: It has been added to stable.

2011-06-28: fink-0.30.1 released.-

fink-0.30.1 was released to the unstable tree on 28 June, 2011. This is a minor update which properly recognizes OS 10.6.8.

It is planned to release it to stable soon.

Update, 2011-07-02: It has been added to stable.

2011-04-30: fink-0.30.0 released.-

fink-0.30.0 was released to the unstable tree on 30 April, 2011.

The 0.30.x series is intended to be the last to support OS 10.4 (Tiger).

2011-03-24: fink-0.29.21 released.-

Version 0.29.21 of the fink package manager has just been released to the unstable tree. This version of fink properly recognizes OS 10.6.7, and contains a bugfix for a situation where fink can't index.

It is expected that this version of fink will be added to the stable tree shortly.

Update, 2011-03-29: It has been added to stable.

2011-03-09: fink-0.29.20 released.-

Version 0.29.20 of the fink package manager has just been released to the unstable tree. This version of fink fixes an issue with X11 detection against recent versions of Xquartz on Leopard.

Unless other updates are made in the near term, it is expected that this version of fink will be added to the stable tree shortly.

Update, 2011-03-24: It has been added to stable.

2011-02-10: CVS access restored.-

Checkouts and commits now work again. Thanks for your patience.

2011-01-26: CVS access is down.-

Due to an attack, our files are not accessible via CVS from Sourceforge. For status updates check out the Project sourceforge page.

2011-01-16: fink-0.29.19 released.-

Version 0.29.19 of the fink package manager has just been released to the unstable tree. This version of fink features more verbose output from 'fink --version' for debugging purposes, as well as recognizing OS 10.6.6. (Version 0.29.17 works fine on 10.6.6, however.)

It is expected that this version will migrate to the stable tree soon, provided that there are no reports of bad behavior from unstable tree users.

Update, 2011-01-22: fink-0.29.19 has been added to stable.

2011-01-05: Temporary rysnc mirror outage.-

We are experiencing a temporary failure in some of the rsync mirrors. If you have not seen updates in a while, then you may wish to change your rsync mirror for the time being by editing /sw/etc/fink.conf as a superuser and replacing the line that starts with Mirror-rsync with Mirror-rsync: rsync://


Mirror-rsync: rsync://


Mirror-rsync: rsync://


Mirror-rsync: rsync://

If you prefer, you can select the latter three of the above mirrors via fink configure as well: choose Asia (option 2) as your continent, Japan (10) as your country, and rsync:// (2) as the Rsync Selfupdate mirror; or choose Europe (4), then Germany (13) and rsync:// (3) as the rsync mirror, or Netherlands (27) and rsync:// (2) as your rsync mirror.

Update, 2011-01-07 The mirrors are updating again.

2010-12-31: Happy 10th Birthday to Fink!-

The Fink project was started in the waning days of December 2000 by Christoph Pfisterer, using the "public beta" release of Mac OS X. Within a year, versions 10.0 and 10.1 of OS X had been released, and Fink usage took off. Our founder chrisp stepped away from the project in November 2001, and the community took over.

The Fink community is the heart of Fink, involving both package maintainers and Fink users, as well as the small core team which tries to keep the overall system in good shape. The success of this community in keeping Fink viable and active over ten years is really quite remarkable! Let's all join together to keep Fink going for a long time to come.

How long? In the memorable words of Buzz Lightyear: To Infinity and Beyond!

2010-11-09: fink-0.29.16 released.-

fink-0.29.16 has been released to the unstable tree. This version of fink updates the versions of packages used for bootstrapping.

It is planned to add this version of fink to the stable tree shortly.

2010-11-02: Libtool archive file cleaning now in stable.-

dpkg-1.10.21-1229 has been added to stable. This revision automatically cleans up libtool archive (.la) files, which have historically caused problems for folks upgrading from 10.5 to 10.6.

2010-11-02: KDE3 and GNOME updated in stable.-

KDE-3.5.10 and GNOME-2.28 have been added to the stable tree, along with updates to some important dependencies.

2010-10-23: fink-0.29.15 released.-

fink-0.29.15 has been released to the unstable tree. This version of fink contains fixes to the system-java-dev virtual package generation.

Users will also need to download an appropriate version of the Java Developer Package from The Apple Developer Connection site for all of the the system-java-dev packages to show up on 10.5 and 10.6.

It is planned to add this version of fink to the stable tree shortly.

Update, 2010-11-01: fink-0.29.15 has been added to the stable tree.

2010-10-20: Java update breaks system-java-dev virtual package generation.-

The recent 10.5 and 10.6 Java updates (APPLE-SA-2010-10-20-1 Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and APPLE-SA-2010-10-20-2 Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 8 ) change the Java file configuration in such a manner that fink no longer generates the system-java16-dev package on 10.5 and all of the system-java-dev packages on 10.6.

Users may wish to hold off on applying this update until a version of fink which addresses this issue is released. The issue does not affect packages which are currently installed, but will prevent java-dependent packages from building.

Users will want to download an appropriate version of the Java Developer Package from The Apple Developer Connection site.

Update, 2010-10-23: The issue has been addressed in fink-0.29.15.

2010-10-19: fink-0.29.14 released.-

fink-0.29.14 has been released to the unstable tree. This version of finkcontains, among other new features, an aria2 option for DownloadMethod, to allow the use of the aria2 download accelerator (available via Fink), and a fix for the infamous "node exists" error.

It is planned to add this version to the stable tree shortly.

Addendum, 2010-10-19: because of the Java update (2010-10-20), fink-0.29.15 is now slated to be the version next to go to stable.

2009-10-30: Servers back to normal.-

Our user services have been restored. On Oct 28th the Web site and some of the mirrors (rsync, source files, binary distribution) were restored, and on Oct 30th all of our main rsync mirrors were operational. Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience and support.

2009-10-24: Server issues-

We have had server issues and as a result the Web site and the official binary distribution are down, and the rsync servers are stalled. Whilst we sort this out, you may:

We apologise for the inconvenience.

2009-08-28: Fink on 10.6.-

Fink is ready to be used on Snow Leopard (OS X v. 10.6). Users will need to choose between a 32-bit version of fink and a 64-bit version of fink for 10.6. The 32-bit version has more packages available at the present time, but the 64-bit version represents the future direction for OS X and for fink; individual users must make this decision on their own. It will not be possible to "upgrade" from 32-bit to 64-bit (or vice versa), without completely reinstalling fink.

At the moment, two methods are available for installing Fink on Snow Leopard. A binary installer is not available, so it is important to first install XCode from the Optional Installs folder on the Snow Leopard disk. Users wanting the 64-bit version, or users upgrading directly from 10.4 or earlier, must bootstrap fink from the distribution tarball (version 0.29.9 or later), available at; installation instructions are here. On the other hand, users can upgrade directly from 10.5 to the 32-bit version, following the instructions below. (One warning: users who have installed a development version of fink from CVS rather than a released version may encounter trouble; please downgrade your fink to a released version, and remove stray .deb files of higher versions, before beginning.)

To upgrade, follow a four step process. Step 1: edit the file /sw/etc/fink.conf, adding a line to it which reads NoAutoIndex: true (You may need to use sudo to obtain the correct permissions to edit this file.) Step 2: run the command fink reinstall fink in order to tell fink that you are now on 10.6. (If you encounter a message about package database corruption, run fink index -f and try this step again.) Step 3: run the command fink update fink to get the latest fink for 10.6. Step 4: run the command fink install perl588-core to replace the version of perl which Apple changed during the OS X upgrade, in case you have fink packages which depend on it.

After the upgrade, you may wish to run fink configure to do some cleanup.

Almost all of the packages in fink's stable tree will compile on 10.6, but be warned that only a fraction of the 10.5 packages are currently available for 10.6. In the near future, fink's package database will be updated to include information about packages for 10.6; you can check there to see if your favorite package is ready.

2009-07-25: Fink Core Group changes.-

The Fink Core Group announces two new members: Alexander Hansen (akh) and Augusto Devegili (monipol), both of whom have been very active in fink. Please join us in welcoming the new members!

The Group also announces that Christian Schaffner has stepped down, returning to "ordinary member" status. We thank Christian for his help on the team over the past several years.

Members of the Fink project are working hard to provide user support, to keep Fink up to date, and to prepare for the upcoming Snow Leopard release. More volunteers are always needed, so please consider getting involved at some level!

2008-07-23: End of 10.3 support.-

The Fink project is no longer able to offer support for users of Fink on Mac OS X 10.3. In reality there has been very little support for some time, so this announcement simply formalizes that fact.

This means that there will not be any further updates, not even security updates, for Mac OS X 10.3 users. Their existing installations will continue to work, but the software that is installed will not be updated.

We believe that the majority of our users are using Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 and hope that this does not inconvenience too many people.

2008-07-17: Mass package migration.-

The massive GNOME update which has been in process for many months was merged into fink's unstable tree.  This is well tested, and updates by users appear to be going fairly smoothly.

We are now merging the gnome update into the stable tree.  Because we have been unable to test the dependencies of these new packages in the stable tree in advance, users can expect the "stable" tree to be "not so stable" during the next few weeks, while the bugs get worked out.

If you are eager to start using this massive gnome update immediately, we suggest that you switch to the unstable tree.  If not, we suggest that you hold off running "fink selfupdate" for a while (perhaps a week or two) until things have again stabilized.

2008-06-26: New Fink release.-

A new (binary) Fink release for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) is available today: version 0.9.0, which can be installed on either Intel or PowerPC hardware. The release includes source files, binary packages, and Fink installers for both kinds of hardware.

Users who have already installed Fink on Leopard from source, who now wish to switch to the binary distribution, may do so as follows. First, run fink selfupdate to update to the latest version of the fink package manager. Next, run fink configure, and be sure to change your choice about using the binary distribution from No to yes. Finally, run fink scanpackages to activate the binary distribution.

Update, 2008-07-11: If you use the binary installer, you should run fink selfupdate after installation.

2008-02-03: Mirror, mirror on the wall-

Todo gran proyecto de codigo abierto se enfrenta a problemas de distribución y el caso de Fink no es la excepción. Nosotros deseamos que puedas obtener los archivos que necesitas para construir tus aplicaciones favoritas tan rápido como sea posible. Para ello, lo más conveniente es tener un "espejo" cercano a tu ubicación.

Estamos trabajando activamente en la construcción de una infraestructura de distribución confiable que consiste en "espejos" patrocinados por universidades y corporaciones. Recientemente, nuestra lista de "espejos" se ha visto reducida considerablemente y necesitamos tu ayuda para mejorar la calidad de los "espejos" de nuevo.

Eres un estudiante? Eres un maestro o profesor? Mantienes un Centro de Datos? Eres un desarrollador con algo de tiempo libre? Aun si no puedes contestar que si a ninguna de estas preguntas es posible que puedas ayudar. Toda la información relevante para levantar y patrocinar un "espejo" está disponilbe en el FinkWiki. Para preguntas más específicas puedes contactarnos directamente. Estamos solicitando espejos en todo el mundo y especificamente en los siguientes países:

También queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para agradecer a todos los que han proveído "espejos" previamente. Sin su apoyo continuo Fink no podría proveer el nivel de servicio que actualmente tiene. ¡Gracias!

2008-01-12: Fink website down-

The fink website is not functioning correctly at present. (You may have noticed that many of the links on this page do not function correctly.) The fink team is working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Update, 2008-01-13: The website is back to normal.

2007-12-10: Leopard, X11, y Fink-

Los usuarios que deseen actualizar su instalación de X11 en Leopardo deben ir a que es una actualizacion Fink-friendly para el Xquartz. Los usuarios que ya hayan aplicado el paquete X11- del deben descargar el Xquartz compatible con Fink para que Fink trabaje adecuadamente. (Note: there is an X11-2.1.1.pkg release pending which will remove the need to patch your Xquartz. If you install X11 2.1.1 or later, do not apply the Xquartz patch.)

Actualización, 2007-12-11: La versión 2.1.1 del X11 esta dispnible en la página de distribuciones de Xquartz. Los usuarios que ya han instalado el X11- y/o ya han usado el parche Xquartz-1.3.0-apple-fink de deben actualizar al 2.1.1 o superior para que Fink funcione apropiadamente. Esta versión reemplaza todoas las versiones previas incluyendo las específicas para Fink.

2007-11-18: PDB Website Down-

The Package Database web interface is presently down pending hardware and software upgrades. We are working on fixing the server as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Actualización, 2007-12-10: La Base de Datos de Paquetes está funcionando nuevamente, con características mejoradas.

2007-10-26: Initial Leopard Support-

El Proyecto Fink anuncia el soporte inicial para Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).

Lo usuarios del sistema 10.5 que creen una nueva instalación de Fink deberán hacerlo usando el bootstrap, al menos hasta que se genere una distribución binaria. Descargen eñ fink-0.27.7 aquí. La actualizacación de 10.4->10.5 puede realizarse ejecuando fink selfupdate para obtener el fink-0.27.7. Si haceis esto en el OS 10.5, asegurese de haber instalado el Xcode 3.0. Tras instalar el 10.5, ejecute fink reinstall fink.

Aún no existe un camino para actualizar directamente 10.3->10.5. Si eres muy impaciente, sigue las instrucciones arriba mencionadas para una nueva instalación.

Actualización, 2007-10-29: Los usuarios que actualicen fink deben tomar en cuanta que el uso del comando fink cleanup para eliminar archivos .deb eliminara todos los archivos .deb. Este comportamiento será corregido en la siguiente actualización de fink.

2007-03-04: Problemas con tar-

Algunos usuarios de la rama inestable de fink ha experimentado dificultades esporadicas al finalizar la construcción de paquetes grandes, recibiendo reportes como el siguiente tar: File changed as we read it which causes the .deb file not to be built.

El equipo fink esta actualmente estudiando el problema para encontrar una solución permanente. Mientras tanto, los usuarios que esten experimentando este problema pueden superarlo usando el comando fink install tar-1.15.1-14. Es posible que este comando tenga que ser usado tras cada fink update-all.

En cuanto el equipo fink determine como resolver este problema permanentemente otro anuncio será hecho aquí.

Update: 16 March 2007: The new version of fink's dpkg package resolves this problem. Unstable users can now run the update commands normally.

2006-08-19: El servidor esta caido; alternativas disponibles.-

Actualización: 21 Augusto 2006: El servidor ha sido restituido.

El sevidor en el que residen cuatro importantes servicios de fink (la actualización por rsync, la distribución binaria, el "master mirror" (espejo maestro) del código fuente y la base de datos de los paquetes) esta caido por el momento. Estamos esperando que el servidor sea restituido el Lunes 21 de Aggosto, pero proveeremos algunas alternativas durante este periodo.

Para actualizar fink, se debe o seleccionar un espejo rsync diferente al primario (ver el siguiente parafo) o, usar el comando fink selfupdate-cvs. Solo se requiere hacer esto una vez, las actualizaciones subsecuentes seguiran haciendose mediante CVS. Cuando el servidor sea restituido se puede revertir a la actualización por rsync usando el comanda fink selfupdate-rsync.

Para superar la ausencia de las distribución binaria, así como la del "master mirror" (espejo maestro) del código fuente, hay que ejecutar el comando fink configure. Se debem aceptar las opciones por defecto excepto en las siguentes: en el caso de "Should Fink try to download pre-compiled packages from the binary distribution if available?" hay que responder "no" (esto deshabilita la distribución binaria); en el caso de you want to change the mirror settings, hay que responder "yes", entonces se le preguntara "What mirror order should fink use when downloading sources?". La respuesta es "2: Search Master Mirrors last" (esto deshabilita los intentos automaticos de usar el servidor del espejo maestro). Finalmente, si usted decide mantenerse usando rsync para las actualziaciones, cuando se le solicite "Choose a mirror for 'RSync SelfUpdate'" hay que escoger cualquier servidor excepto rsync:// Desafortunadamente, algunas opciones pueden no estar disponibles si usted esta fuera de los Estados Unidos.

Finalmente, para usar la base de datos de los paquetes durante este periodo es posible conectarse a esta copia de respaldo de la base de datos de los paquete que esta solo fuera de sincronia por unas semanas.

2006-07-24: Reminder: "10.4-transitional" Tree Unsupported on August 1st, 2006-

The "10.4-transitional" tree was created as an interim solution to the issues of incompatibilities between binaries made using GCC 3.3 (the default Mac OS X 10.3 compiler) and GCC 4.0 (the default Mac OS X 10.4 compiler). Now that the work to move Fink to using GCC 4.0 is essentially finished, we will be stopping official support of the "10.4-transitional" tree in favor of the "10.4" tree as of August 1st, 2006.

You should not need to do anything if "fink --version" prints "0.8.1.cvs" or "0.8.1.rsync".

As we mentioned previously, there are 2 ways to make the switch to the supported "10.4" tree.

The simplest way is to remove your Fink installation by deleting it and installing fresh using the 0.8.1 installer available from the download page.

Alternately, to preserve your Fink installation, download the upgrade script and read the README for instructions on how to upgrade your existing installation in-place. This will re-build your Fink installation from source, upgrading everything in the process. Be warned, it can take a lot of time, depending on your fink installation!

Feedback on the upgrade script has been very positive; many users have already made the switch. If you have problems, please feel free to mail your issues to the discussion lists.

2006-07-24: Fink Birds-of-a-Feather at OSCON 2006-

Are you at OSCON 2006? Want to meet up?

Benjamin Reed (RangerRick on #fink) is at OSCON and is interested in meeting anyone who wants to hang out and talk about Fink, or even just meet for the heck of it.

Meet us in room F150 on Wednesday, July 26th at 8:30pm and we'll talk about Fink, Mac OS X, and anything else that takes our fancy.

2006-07-01: July is "Fink Update Month"-

Fink users on PowerPC machines are advised to update their copies of fink from the old "10.4-transitional" tree to the more recent "10.4" tree. We plan to discontinue the 10.4-transitional tree by the end of July, 2006.

Some background: along with OS X 10.4 came a new version of the g++ compiler (one of the workhorses of Fink), which produced code that was binary incompatible with previous versions. Fink, when using the 10.4-transitional tree, mixes the new gcc-4.0 compiler with the older g++-3.3 compiler. This strategy gave us some extra time to make packages compatible with g++-4.0. The time has now come to complete that transition, and rely exclusively on the newer tree. The update, however, is slightly complicated since all packages using or providing g++ libraries must be rebuilt in the correct order.

If you are using OS X 10.4, you can find out if you need to update your Fink installation by running the command fink --version. If the Distribution version is 0.8.1.cvs or 0.8.1.rsync, you do not need to update. However, if the Distribution version is 0.8.0.cvs or 0.8.0.rsync, you should update, as described below.

Many users will prefer to remove their fink installations and start anew with the 0.8.1 installer. Others will prefer to use the 10.4-update tarball (v. 0.4) (around 12 MB), which includes precompiled versions of the basic fink packages as well as a script which will attempt to update an existing fink installation. Please consult the README file which you will find within the 10.4-update directory (after unpacking the tarball) for further instructions.

Note: Fink users who are upgrading their systems from OS X 10.3 to OS X 10.4 can use the same two options to update their fink installations: they can either remove their old fink installations and start over, or they can use the same 10.4-update tarball. The update script should not be run until after OS X has been upgraded.

2006-06-15: New Fink release.-

A new Fink release for OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is available today: version 0.8.1, which can be installed on either Intel or PowerPC hardware. The release includes source files, binary packages, and Fink installers for both kinds of hardware.

Fink on the Intel platform is still considered "beta" quality, and a number of packages (particularly packages in the "unstable" tree) either do not compile, or compile but do not run. Work to improve this situation is ongoing.

Fink users on PowerPC whose existing fink installation uses the 10.4-transitional tree (from the 0.8.0 distribution) may upgrade in one of two ways. The upgrade process is problematic, due to the change in ABI of g++ libraries which requires many libraries to be recompiled. Many users will simply wish to remove their fink installations and start anew with the 0.8.1 installer. Others may wish to use the new 10.4-update tarball (v. 0.3) (around 12 MB), which includes precompiled versions of the basic fink packages as well as a script which will attempt to update an existing fink installation.

2006-05-10: CVS Troubles-

As many Fink users are aware, the Fink CVS repository at has not been fully functional since March 30. The anonymous CVS access has not been updated since then, and as of several days ago, the developers are also unable to update CVS in any form.

As we understand the current plans of sourceforge's staff (outlined briefly on their site status page), the old CVS servers will never be brought back in their current form. This is likely to mean disruption for fink users, but at present, we cannot say what form this disruption will take.

Our current advice to fink users is to switch to the 'rsync' method of updating (by running the command 'fink selfupdate-rsync'). This will at least give you a fink installation which is current up through May 7. If a full update to the new CVS situation turns out to be impossible via fink's normal selfupdate command, we will post instructions here on how to update when they become available.

Update 5/24/06: CVS is now functioning again, and users using the rsync method of selfupdating are getting up-to-date content. If you are using the cvs method, and can't (or don't wish to) switch to rsync, you should download the file fink-mirrors- from the Sourceforge file release page, expand the file, and run the command ./ from within the fink-mirrors- directory. After this has been done, the fink selfupdate command should again work normally.

2006-03-03: Problem with Apple's latest Security Update-

The Fink team has received reports of problems with the rsync program which was modified by Apple's new Security Update 2006-001: for some users, fink selfupdate fails to function after the Security Update. (The underlying cause appears to be a problem with the --delete option for rsync.)

As a workaround, users can run fink install rsync to use fink's rsync package rather than the Apple program. Or, for those users who need specific features of the Apple program (such as support for Extended Attributes), another workaround is fink selfupdate-cvs to switch from rsync to cvs updating.

This news item will be updated as the situation changes.

Update 3/13/06: This has been resolved by security update 2006-002, according to Apple's documentation.

2006-02-21: Preliminary version of Fink on Intel-

A preliminary version of Fink for the Intel architecture is now ready. No binary packages are available, and things are still rough around the edges, but it should be usable if you are patient!

To install, you need to get the file fink-0.24.12.tar.gz from the Sourceforge file release page for Fink, expand the file, and run the command ./ . At the end of the bootstrap process, run fink selfupdate and you'll get the currently available packages.

At last check, there were about 1750 packages in the "stable" tree, but about 150 of those did not build. When things are truly stable, another annoucement will be made here.

2006-01-10: Fink ready for XCode 2.2 (but not for Intel).-

Fink is now ready for XCode 2.2, with the exception of the packages (which are expected to function again when we switch to the 10.4 tree). Users are encouraged to upgrade to XCode 2.2 whenever they wish; XCode 2.2 will be required for running the 10.4 tree when it is released.

On the other hand, in spite of today's announcements from Apple, Fink is not ready to run on Intel processors. The Fink team hopes to have an Intel-ready version of fink released within a few weeks; the Fink team does not advise early recipients of new iMacs to install Fink on them, but suggests waiting until the new version of fink is ready.

Fink package maintainers please take note of the new Architecture field, now documented in the packaging manual.

2005-11-16: XCode 2.2 (10.4 only).-

The Fink team has had reports of some build problems with the XCode 2.2 compilers. Until these are sorted out, we recommend that users hold off on upgrading XCode.

For those who have already installed XCode 2.2 and don't want to revert to 2.1, your participation in the effort to find packages that don't work and to fix them so that they do is welcomed!

2005-06-09: New Fink releases.-

Three new Fink releases are available today: version 0.8.0 (for 10.4), version 0.7.2 (for 10.3), and version 0.6.4 (for 10.2). All three releases include source files, binary packages, and a Fink installer for new users.

The new release for 10.4 includes all currently-available "stable" packages in source and binary form: there are 1565 of these, which constitutes more than 80% of the 1909 packages available in the 10.3 release. Work continues by the fink developers on bringing more of the stable packages to Tiger.

The new release for 10.2 will be the last official release for that version of Mac OS X. Although no further updates (not even security updates) will be provided by the Fink team, we anticipate that the 0.6.4 release will be usable for years to come.

Users upgrading to 10.4 can now simply issue a fink selfupdate command, followed by sudo /sw/lib/fink/ (for first-time updaters on 10.4), fink scanpackages and sudo apt-get update. We don't recommend bootstrapping at the moment, since bootstrapping does not work with the newly-released XCode 2.1 from Apple.

2005-04-29: Fink y Tiger.-

¡Fink puede usarse para OS X 10.4! Hay diferentes formas de actualizarse:

No todos los paquetes funcionan correctamente todavía bajo 10.4, pero esta situación se irá corrigiendo las próximas semanas. La rama estable contiene especialemnte pocos paquetes en 10.3, pero todos ellos deberían compilarse .

Por supuesto, algunas arrugas todavía necesitan ser planchadas (sic). Animamos a los usuarios con aplicaciones críticas que verifiquen en las listas de correo si alguien ha tenido problemas o no con el paquete en cuestión antes de actualizar.

2004-11-20: Solución a los problemas con gcc.-

Apple ha liberado el actualizador de gcc versión Noviembre 2004, disponible (tras registro gratutito) en Este actualizador elimina el problema del compilador gcc3 en XCode 1.5. Si estás usando XCode 1.5, debes instalarlo. (El instalador funcionará correctamente tanto para aquellos usuarios que no han utilizado el parche recomendado por el proyecto Fink como para aquellos que lo usaron en su momento.)

Agradecemos a Apple su respuesta a nuestros informes sobre este asunto y el trabajo realizado para resolverlo rápidamente.

2004-10-15: Resolución de problemas con gcc.-

Se sabe que la versión de gcc incluída en XCode 1.5 produce salidas incorrectas desde código c++ bajo determinadas circunstancias. Fink tiene ahora un mecanismo para avisar al usuario de esto. Además, Fink pronto rechazará el uso de esta versión "rota" para compilar paquetes de los cuales se sepa que tienen este problema.

Si te has pasado ya a la versión 1.5 de XCode una solución se halla descrita aquí y también aquí .

Si no te has actualizado aún, nuestro consejo es que consideres no hacerlo y quedarte con XCode versión 1.2 hasta que el problema sea resuelto.

2004-09-20: Fink 0.7.1 liberado.-

La versión más reciente de Fink, versión 0.7.1 (para 10.3), ya está disponible como código fuente y como binario. Ésta ha sido creada para la versión Panther (10.3) de Mac OS X. La versión 0.6.3 sigue estando disponible para la versión Jaguar (10.2) de Mac OS X.

Esta nueva versión incorpora varias correcciones al manejador de paquetes e integra numerosos binarios previamiente inaccesibles dando como resultado un gran total de 1650 binarios. Ésto incluye binarios para KDE 3.1.4 y GNOME 2.4.

Para realizar una primera instalación de Fink, hay que seguir los consejos de esta página. Es posible actualizar una instalación de Fink previa, utilizando la instalación previa de Fink. En esta página encontraras la lista de las diferencias entre las versiones 0.7.0 y 0.7.1.

Si tienes alguna pregunta o problema, usa las listas de correo de Fink. Más información acerca de estas listas la encontraras aquí.

Asegúrate de seleccionar el instalador adecuado para tu plataforma. Fink 0.6.3 solo se funcionará en Mac OS X 10.2.* mientras que Fink 0.7.1 sólo se funcionará en Mac OS X 10.3.*

El Equipo de Fink desea agradecer a sus muchos contributores, ayudantes frecuentes y a los desarrolladores por hacer que esta liberación ocurriera. También agradecemos a nuestra comunidad por descarger la versión 0.7.0 más de 130.000 veces. Sin su constante apoyo y valiosas indicaciones Fink no estaría donde está ahora...

2004-08-23: Problemas con XCode 1.5-

Recientemente han habido reportes de varios paquetes del Fink que no compilan correctamente usando Xcode 1.5. Si aún no han actualizado a XCode 1.5, se sugiere que se espere a la solución de este problema antes de hacerlo.

Si has tenido problemas con algún paquete que compilaba correctamente con XCode 1.2 pero que compila incorrectamente con XCode 1.5, favor de reportarlo a la lista de correo fink-devel. (El síntoma usual es: some symbols are missing after compiling with g++.) Algunos paquetes que se sabe tiene este problema son octave, singular-factory, singular-libfac, y posbilemente sdl.

2004-08-21: Error en fink-0.22.0-

El manejador de paquetes del fink-0.22.0, el cual estuvo brevemente disponible en el árbol inestable la semana pasada, tiene un bug el cual previene cualquier actualización via rsync. Si instalaste esta versión de fink, te puedes recuperar ejecutando el comando fink install fink-0.21.2-1 el cual ejecutará el downgrade de fink a la versión del árbol estable, subsecuentemente debes ejecutar: fink selfupdate

Si por alguna razón estos comandos no funcionan, vaya a la página de la liberación del archivo fink en el sourceforge y descarge el archivo fink-0.22.1.tar.gz . Desempaque este archivo con tar xfz fink-0.22.1.tar.gz , y desde dentro del directorio fink-0.22.1 directory, ejecute el comando ./

El equipo de Fink se disculpa por el error y agradece a la comunidad de usuarios por llamar nuestra atención rápidamente.

2004-08-01: Mejorando nuestros espejos. ¿Puedes ayudarnos?-

La desición de Fink de incrementar gradualmente nuestra red de espejos a pagado con creces. Para asegurarnos de seguir ofreciendo un servicio de alta calidad, necesitamod mejorar nuestra red de espejos. Ya ha pasado bastante tiempo desde la última vez que solicitamos más espejos. Así que, es momento de hacerlo de nuevo. Fink esta muy agradecido por los recursos concedidos por nuestra comunidad. Para mejorar nuestro servicio a la comunidad requerimos un aún mejor sistema de espejos. En particular, carecemos de espejos en Europa Central, Rusia y el Lejano Oriente. Sí sientes que tienes 2 Mbit para compartir con un espejo de rsync, o aún más para ofrecer un espejo de distfiles, por favor contactanos.

Para obtener un mejor conocimiento de los diferentes tipos de espejos que Fink ofrece, por favor revisa este sitio: Este es el sitio oficial de todos los asuntos relacionados con los espejos. Si crees que puedes ofrecer otro tipo de recursos, por ejemplo, un espacio web para pruebas, no dudes en contactarnos .

2004-04-06: Fink 0.6.3 y 0.7.0 liberados.-

Las versiones más recientes de Fink, versión 0.6.3 (para 10.2) y 0.7.0 (para 10.3), ya esta disponible como código fuente y como binario. El versión 0.6.3 esta construida para 10.2, mientras que la 0.7.0 ha sido creada para 10.3. Esta estrategia facilitará el soporte de diferentes plataformas.

Estos nuevos binarios incorporan varias mejoras del manejador de paquetes, varios paquetes binarios que previamente no estaban disponibles han sido agregados y varios paquetes problemáticos para los usuarios del 10.3 han sido reconstruidos.

Para completar una nueva instalación de Fink se deben seguir las instrucciones que están aquí. También es posible actulizar tu instalación previa de Fink siguiendo las instrucciones que se encuentran aquí. Si tienen dudas o algún problema, por favor usen la lista de correo que se encuentra aquí.

Asegurense de escoger el instalador adecuado para su plataforma. Fink 0.6.3 solo se instalará en Mac OS X 10.2.* mientras que Fink 0.7.0 sólo se instalará en Mac OS X 10.3.*

El Equipo de Fink desea agradecer a sus muchos contributores, ayudantes frecuentes y a los desarrolladores por hacer que esta liberación ocurriera. También agradecemos a nuestra comunidad, sin su constante apoyo y valiosas indicaciones Fink no estaría donde está ahora...

2004-02-19: Ondea tu bandera.-

Gracias a Baba Yoshihiko, Fink ha tomado los pasos necesarios para permitirnos la internacionalización. La infraestructura mejorada nos permite desplegar un sitio web multilenguaje a nuestros visitantes de todo el mundo.

Esto también significa que se necesitan voluntarios. El sitio web de Fink necesita ser traducido al lenguaje de tu elección. Una traducción al japonés esta en proceso al igual que una al francés, lidereada por Michele Garoche. ¿A qué idioma estas dispuesto a traducir?

Si estas dispuesto a convertirte en un miembro de algún equipo de internacionalización o si deseas proporcionar alguna retroalimentación del sitio web, sientete libre de unirte a la nueva lista de correo. Puedes hacerlo visitando la página de las listas de correo. El anuncio completo de las listas de correo existentes puede leerse aquí.

2004-02-02: La actualización de Java 1.4.2 elimina el Java SDK-

Si tenás instalados Java 1.4.1 y el Java SDK, la actulización Java 1.4.2 de Applw actualizara el Java runtime a 1.4.2, pero removerá el previó Java 1.4.1 runtime y el SDK sin actualizar el JDK. Para construir paquetes de Java en Fink necesitaras ir a la pagina y descargar el Java 1.4.2 SDK (registro gratuito requerido).

2004-01-18: Binarios para el 10.3 actualizados-

Muchos de los archivos binarios para el 10.3 han sido actualizados, eliminando los problemas con el qt y kde, entre otros. Para accesar los archivos actualizadosm actualiza tu indice de binarios ejecutando el comando sudo apt-get update . Despues de esto, puedes usar el apt-get, dselect or el FinkCommander para instalar los binarios como siempre.

2004-01-10: Pssst want to install GNOME 2.4?-

Thanks to the new Fink GNOME Core team, including a lot of hard work by packaging newcomer Keith Conger and GNOME 1.x maintainer Masanori Sekino, GNOME 2.4 has finally been released to the 10.3 unstable tree.

It is there for the taking; please offer some of your time and test these packages if you are on unstable already. Because of the massive number of changes, it is expected that there will be issues upgrading or installing the new GNOME. If you have problems, you can reach the GNOME-savvy people at Please do report success stories there as well. The more good reports we get, the faster GNOME 2.4 can be moved to stable.

For those of you who do not read our mailing lists, why aren't you subscribed yet? Here is a link to detailed instructions how to install or upgrade GNOME and what new stuff it brings.

2004-01-02: Whaaazaaap Dawgs, Two Zero Zero Four is on!-

A happy new year to all of you from the whole team. Blame this outburst of an attempt at slang language on some of us having to watch the MTV Music Awards all day long.

Last year has been a good year for Fink. We have had hard times keeping up with the changes introduces by Apple, but we also learned that we have a great community which is willing to go through great lengths to support us. For this, we say "Thank You". Much of what happens in the Fink project happens because of the amazing support and encouragement we get from our users.

Two Zero Zero Four should not make us slow down, but speed up. There are some interesting things in the pipeline, including GNOME 2.4, a new release of KDE, major changes to the package manager itself, and organisational restructuring. Hopefully we will advance into an even bigger project with developer conferences, real life meetings, and a CD in your favourite shop.

High ambitions can make one fall very deeply, thus we shall take it carefully, but still we are all counting on your support during this year. Tell us what you think about Fink; tell us what you like or dislike; show us ways to improve ourselves. Lend us your resources and sponsor a mirror or hardware. Devote some of your time to improve the package manager or add another piece of software by creating an info file. Browse this website and hopefully indulge yourself. We enjoy serving such a nice community; hopefully we shall make it a smooth ride for you and your Macintosh in Two Zero Zero Four.

2003-12-28: Merry Christmas and a happy new year-

The Fink team and I wish all of you a merry Christmas and happy Holidays. We are looking forward to yet another year where we can help the Macintosh community grow into the world of UNIX together with Mac OS X.

We wish you all, that your hope is not too frail and that you will carry on following through with your wishes. May the world we live in gradually become a better place and may peace and understanding settle just for a few days.

Enjoy your quiet time and in case we do not get around to saying it soon enough. A happy new year to all of you, stay with us we count on your support.

2003-11-30: There they are! New mirrors..-

Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a great community we have. Thank you for providing us with more mirrors.

Matthew Healey, member of the Western Australian Macintosh User Group, and their ISP extremedsl are providing Fink with a full mirror in Perth, Australia. This is our first mirror in down under, thus I am pleased to welcome them to the family. Furthermore the UKMIRROR service has accepted us, making distfile services available for Fink on 21 load balanced server.

We are very happy about this development, but we still need more rsync mirrors. Thus, once more, if you feel like helping, please visit and get in touch.

2003-11-24: More mirrors....pretty please?-

While we welcome our latest full mirror in Norway, sponsored by Havar Valeur, we crave more. To improve our service to all of you, we would like to ask that you evaluate carefully if you maybe do have the resources to become a mirror.

All it takes is a 10Mbit link, around 100MB of disk space and some bandwidth you are willing to share for Fink. The exact setup instructions for rsync mirrors can be found here. Especially mirrors in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Europe and Middle Europe are welcome, since we have none in those regions yet. If you feel generous and wish to donate even more resources, please visit to learn about your options.

The current status of all available rsync mirrors can be viewed on the pages as well. We hope to improve this service in the future, yet this depends on your willingness to help us out. We are looking forward to many new applications and thank our community in advance.

2003-11-17: Fink 0.6.2 released-

The latest Fink release, version 0.6.2, is now available for both source and binary users. This is a bug-fix release, intended to address two problems: the dselect/user deletion bug, and a problem with ownership of files. The dselect bug was addressed by updating the fink, dpkg, and apt packages. After updating to 0.6.2, it is safe to once again use dselect. However, if you ran dselect at any time since 0.6.0, you should carefully check the integrity of the file at /sw/etc/apt/sources.list. If you have any doubts about this file, you should replace it with the default sources.list file.

Users who have installed binary files from the 0.6.1 distribution may find that certain files in their Fink installation are owned by UID 2011 rather than by root. To correct this problem, run the command:

sudo find /sw/ -user 2011 -exec chown root:admin {} \;

This release, like the previous one, was built on OS X 10.2 using the gcc 3.3 compiler, and runs fine with some exceptions* on OS X 10.3. Most Fink users who upgrade to 10.3 will continue to want to only use the binaries from this new distribution for now, while the Fink team continues to modify Fink packages for 10.3.

*Exceptions include: emacs, qt.

2003-11-04: User Deletion Bug/ Dselect Troubles-

Quick Summary: DO NOT USE DSELECT, and if you've used it, check your /sw/etc/apt/sources.list file carefully.

Users who have bootstrapped or installed Fink 0.5.3 or Fink 0.6.0 on Mac OS X 10.3 could exhibit a problem where all users get deleted from the netinfo database, and you become unable to log in. We believe that this problem can only occur if you've used dselect.

If you are using Mac OS X 10.3, please be sure you're using the latest Fink version to avoid the issue. To make sure you don't have upgrade problems, check your /sw/etc/apt/sources.list file. You will need to modify it if it contains deb lines that point to "release" or "current" without a version number. In other words, if your sources.list file contains these lines:

deb release main
deb current main should change them to this:

deb 10.3/release main
deb 10.3/current main

We are working on updating the repository to make sure that even if you update you don't get the broken code, and to repair dselect, but in the meantime, make sure your sources.list file has the correct entries.

Other users have experienced problems with dselect itself, particularly complaints about a missing "darwin" package. If you are running dselect under 10.3 and you don't get this warning, then your sources.list file is likely to be corrupted and you should repair it as above.

2003-11-01: Fink 0.6.1 released-

The latest Fink release, version 0.6.1, is now available for both source and binary users. This release was built on OS X 10.2 using the gcc 3.3 compiler, and runs well on OS X 10.3. Most Fink users who upgrade to 10.3 will want to only use the binaries from this new distribution for now, while the Fink team continues to modify Fink packages for 10.3.

If you wish to access the new binaries, use apt-get, dselect, or the binary mode of FinkCommander. Unless you are interested in helping the Fink team to test packages which are compiled on 10.3, do not use the command-line fink program to do your installations for the next few weeks.

The simplest way to upgrade a binary installation is to run "sudo apt-get update". Further details and other issues related to upgrading Fink to 10.3 are addressed on the Special 10.3 upgrade page.

Before using the latest version of the command-line fink program under OS X 10.2, be sure to install the August2003gccUpdater, available after free registration from

2003-10-31: Happy Halloween and welcome new mirrors-

We wish all of you a happy Halloween.

Furthermore I would like to welcome our new mirrors to the Fink family. From Europe in Rijeka, Croatia a new full mirror joins us. This mirrors has been sponsored by the Jabucnjak Apple user group. This is our first mirror in Europe, so I hope that more will be joining us soon.

Dave Schroeder from the University of Wisconsin in Madison is sponsoring a 100Mbit dedicated Master server. A. J. Wright and SunSITE@UTK are helping out with another full mirror in the United states.

This raises our full mirror count to four and the rsync mirror count to five. We are happy to have such a great community back us up, but I know that more mirrors will join over time. I will not stop nagging you until Fink has its own mirror in every state of the USA. Yet, with such a brilliant community backing us up, I am not too worried about not reaching my goal very soon.

Trick or treat! Our most wanted treat is more mirrors, so come forth Administrators and fill our bag. Information on how you can be a mirror can be found on the official mirroring website.

2003-10-25: Look Ma, a logo for Fink-

As you surely noticed, Fink has a logo. This is the result of our Logo contest held earlier this year. This new, official, logo has been displayed since the 24th of October and those of you who wondered how it has been picked and what the name of the winner is should read up in the PR section.

The longer explanation also features a larger version of the logo itself, so that you may have a closer look at its details. We like our new logo, we hope that you will like it too.

IMPORTANT: We do not yet have a formal licensing agreement for the new logo and so are unable to give permission to distribute it. Currently, it can only be displayed on the Fink web page. Thank you for your understanding.

2003-10-24: Upgrade to gcc 3.3 and/or 10.3-

It is now possible to upgrade Fink to take full advantage of the gcc 3.3 compiler, or to use OS X 10.3 if you have that installed. Binary packages corresponding to these upgrades are not yet available, so if you make extensive use of binary packages you may wish to wait a few days before upgrading.

If you wish to perform this upgrade, and you had previously installed the June 2003 Developer Tools update from Apple, you will need to install the August 2003 Developer Tools update BEFORE you upgrade Fink. Under 10.3, be sure to install XCode from the XCode disk before upgrading Fink.

Running "fink selfupdate" should perform the upgrade for you. The latest version of the fink package manager will automatically detect which version of OS X and which version of gcc you have installed, and will adjust itself accordingly.

If you wish to do a fresh install of Fink on a 10.3 system, we recommend bootstrapping from source, starting from fink-full-0.6.0.tar.gz available on fink's sourceforge download page. You'll need XCode for this as well.

Also note that once you have Fink version 0.15.0 or higher, you do not need to install system-xfree86 anymore. Fink is capable of automatically determining your system-xfree86 version if you don't already have any fink x11 packages installed. If you currently have an old system-xfree86 package of any kind installed, please run the following:

sudo dpkg -r --force-all system-xfree86 system-xfree86-42 \
system-xfree86-43; fink selfupdate; fink index

The Fink team is still working on getting Fink packages working under 10.3, but many many packages already work.

2003-10-23: Say Hello to Mirror Numero Uno-

You are too late. Rus Foster from JVDS beat you all to it. He is the first one to provide us with resources for a Fink rsync mirror. The mirror is located in Atlanta, GA and is updated every two hours, at 35 minutes past.

For those of you who are still waiting, join in. The more mirrors we have the faster you can rsync your info files. As per usual, updated and current information on the mirror structure can be found on

2003-10-22: Mirror, mirror on the wall...-

..who will mirror Fink above all? There is a new player on the turf and it belongs to the Fink team. tells you everything you wanted to know about mirroring Fink and its related resources on your Server. As our mirror structure will hopefully grow in the future, this web-site will also hold information about each individual mirror.

To ensure that our service remains as stable as possible and to distribute the load imposed onto our main rsync server, we are looking for rsync mirrors or full mirrors. Those of you who are willing to share resources will find all the necessary information on

UPDATE: Yes, I screwed up when I initially installed the DNS records. If you cannot connect please try again later. I am very sorry for this inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

2003-10-12: New update method available-

The latest version of the fink package manager offers a new update method, fink selfupdate-rsync, as an alternative to the CVS updates which have been so problematic in the past few months. If you have difficulty updating to the new version, please follow these special update instructions.

In addition, this version of the fink package manager is compatible with last summer's Developer Tools updates. After installing both the new package manager and the Developer Tools update, fink will ask you to reset your gcc version whenever that is necessary.

2003-09-02: Logo contest ends-

The Logo contest held by Fink, announced here, ended yesterday. With over 80 different proposals from countries all over the world we consider the contest a big success. In the next couple of days all the submitted entries will be put on-line in a publicly accessible gallery and more details on the participants shall be published. For those who are curious and cannot wait may have a look at an incomplete preview.

Fink is proud to be part of such a supportive community and would like to thank those who submitted entries and MacWelt for their continued support.

2003-08-18: Source files from

As announced in this CERT advisory, it has recently been discovered that the ftp servers for GNU software were compromised back in March, although it is not believed that any of the source code housed there was affected.

Fink relies on MD5 checksums when downloading software, and we have had no reports of incorrect checksums in Fink packages. The Free Software Foundation is in the process of verifying the integrity of all of the source code distributed from that ftp site. As of this writing, the source code for the following Fink packages have not yet been verified: autoconf2.54, emacs21, gprolog, groff, guile16, help2man, jwhois, libtool14, libosip1, sed, slib. It may be difficult to install those packages at present.

2003-06-26: Developer Tools Update.-


Apple has released a patch to the December 2002 Developer Tools which includes gcc 3.3, their new compiler.

Fink does not yet support compiling with gcc 3.3. In addition, it is important not to "mix and match" between compilers: all C++ code in fink packages needs to be compiled with the same compiler.

For this reason, the Fink team recommends that if you update your Developer Tools with the new patch, you should be careful to run sudo gcc_select 3 prior to any "fink build" or "fink install" commands.

Update 30 June 2003: A problem has now been detected with the new assembler program which the update installs, which may prevent certain Fink packages from being compiled at all if you install this update.

Generally, Fortran programs will break if you install the update; the breakage does not stop by simply switching back to gcc 3.1. The Fink team is working on a workaround for this problem, but until it is ready, if you need Fortran-related programs you should not install the update.

2003-06-20: Darwin packaging groups to coordinate efforts.-

The Fink, Gentoo, and DarwinPorts projects are pleased to announce the formation of a cooperative development alliance forged to facilitate delivery of freely available software to Mac OS X. Under this new alliance, the projects will share information and coordinate efforts for porting software to Apple's Mac OS X and Darwin operating systems. Members of the alliance will share information using the Web site, which will provide a home for this cooperative effort.

2003-06-16: Fink logo contest begins.-

Fink and MacWelt have managed to organize a logo contest. For the next six weeks everyone is invited to submit their logo creations. Fink needs a new face and with your help we might just get one. We are curious to see what you imagine Fink to be as a graphical representation. The initial announcement by Macnews is in German, for those of you not capable of reading German a translated version can be found here.

Fink and MacWelt hope that many of you will participate as we might just find some prices for the winners. Good luck and.... start drawing.

2003-05-05: KDE 3.1.1 Binaries Available-

KDE 3.1.1 binaries are now available. Since they have been released after 0.5.2 came out, you will need to update your package descriptions by running sudo apt-get update (or equivalent) before they will be available for installation. For pointers to the changes and security fixes in this release, see the announcement.

2003-04-16: Virex problem resolved-

McAfee has released Virex 7.2.1, which no longer overwrites the main Fink directory /sw. Fink users should continue to avoid Virex 7.2.

Early reports indicate that upgrading Virex from 7.2 to 7.2.1 still leaves some problems however. If you upgrade Virex with Fink not installed, and subsequently wish to install Fink, you will need to delete the /sw directory by hand before installing. And if you upgrade Virex with Fink already installed, you should immediately run fink reinstall openssl-shlibs dlcompat-shlibs curl-ssl-shlibs to restore files which the Virex upgrade may have deleted.

2003-04-14: Fink 0.5.2 released-

Fink is proud to announce that the Fink binary distribution 0.5.2 is available from the download page. With over 190 new binary packages, KDE, KOffice and KDevelop binaries amongst other various improvements this is a recommended download for any new and all existing Fink users. The full announcement can be read on the fink-announce mailing list.

(If you are having trouble upgrading a source installation, consult these special instructions.)

2003-04-09: Interview on today is featuring a mini-interview with one of our project leaders, Max Horn. It contains some rather unusual questions, so even if you know Fink fairly well, you might find it informative.

2003-03-29: KDE 3.1.1 Final In Unstable-

KDE 3.1.1 is now in Fink unstable. The full announcement can be read here. Improvements over 3.1 final include many upstream bugfixes, build improvements, koffice bugfixes, kmail crash fixes, and other miscellaneous updates. Binary packages will not be available in time for the next binary distribution, but will be released as an update shortly thereafter.

2003-03-18: KDE 3.1 Final In Stable-

KDE 3.1 is now in Fink stable. The full announcement can be read here. Improvements over 3.1 beta1 include an updated audio driver, faster startup times, cleaned up fink package info, support for Apple X11's window manager, and many bugfixes. Binary packages will be available in the next binary distribution release.

2003-03-17: Apple X11 Beta 3 Released-

A new version of Apple's X11 for Mac OS X is available. It fixes a number of bugs including a few that can cause problems with building Fink packages. It is recommended that all Fink users who are using Apple X11 upgrade. A new version of the system-xfree86 package has been released to unstable that takes the new Apple X11 into account. It should be appearing in stable shortly.

2003-02-14: New version of FinkCommander-

FinkCommander, a separate project which provides a GUI for Fink, has released version 0.5.0, their first Jaguar-only version. The new version includes a package browser which allows you to view the files that Fink has installed for a particular package, as well as many other improvements.

2003-02-07: DO NOT INSTALL VIREX 7.2-

The Virex 7.2 package, currently being distributed free to all .Mac members, has a serious conflict with Fink. Fink users should not install Virex 7.2 under any circumstances. Installing it after Fink is installed will damage your Fink installation; installing it prior to Fink will make it impossible to install Fink without damaging Virex.

This bug has been reported to Virex's manufacturer. We will keep the Fink community informed about the situation as it develops.

2003-01-26: Apple X11 Library Warning-

While Apple's X11 works just fine with existing binaries, it has a bug in the install name of the libraries that can cause some software to build incorrectly, and will break forward-compatibility with future X11 releases.

Ben Hines has created a script (available here) that you can use that will fix the install_name entries in Apple's X11 libraries, but it will not repair software you have already built against the broken libraries.

Update 11 February 2003: This script is not needed with version 0.2 of Apple's which was released yesterday.

2003-01-21: Gnome, libpng, and the unstable tree-

A problem was uncovered today concerning the versions of imlib, libpng, and gnome in Fink's unstable tree. The Fink team is hard at work addressing this problem. As a workaround, users can downgrade their imlib package to the stable version, "fink install imlib-1.9.10-9", until the problem is fixed.

Many Fink users may be using Fink's unstable tree without being fully aware of what this entails. For a few months in the fall, enabling the unstable tree was the only way to gain access to 10.2-compatible versions of Fink packages. That is no longer the case. Fink users who do not wish to help the Fink team with testing should disable their unstable tree. To do this, edit the file /sw/etc/fink.conf and remove the items unstable/main and unstable/crypto from the Trees line.

The Fink team appreciates those users who are willing to stick with the unstable tree, even when there are problems like today's, and provide the team with prompt feedback. This is a community effort and we appreciate your participation.

2003-01-17: Anonymous CVS issues resolved-

UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that SourceForge have resolved the issues with anonymous CVS access, and the selfupdate-cvs command should work again. Further details on the downtime can be found on the site status page.

2003-01-07: Fink Interaction with Apple's X11 Public Beta-

Fink works just fine with the public beta X11 release with some caveats. Please read the newly added Apple X11 section of the Fink X11 Documentation for details.

2003-01-07: RSS Feeds available-

Thanks to Benjamin Reed, it is now possible to receive RSS 1.0 Feeds that contain a lot of valuable information. fink-stable.rdf will tell you about the changes and additions in the stable tree, reflecting packages which have been added or modified.

fink-unstable.rdf will tell you about changes or additions to the unstable tree and is most likely the most active RSS feed. The above Feeds are automatically updated every 60 minutes to make sure that they keep you all on top of the latest development.

news.rdf This feed reflects the contents of the Fink News Page. The Feed is updated as soon as a new item is added on the Website.

2002-12-22: New Upgrade Matrix-

A new Upgrade Matrix is now available, for use in upgrading earlier versions of Fink to the current version, under either OS X 10.1 or OS X 10.2. Users upgrading under 10.1 will be brought to Fink version 0.4.1a, while users upgrading under 10.2 will be brought to Fink version 0.5.0a.

2002-12-11: New Upgrade Matrix coming-

The Fink team is aware of the shortcomings of the current Upgrade Matrix page, which is inadequate for upgrading to Fink 0.5.0a. Please be patient as we construct a new version of that page, whose existence will be announced here. In the meantime, some of you may wish to use the test version of the Jaguar updater which was made available on 2002-09-08.

2002-12-09: Fink 0.5.0a Released-

Fink 0.5.0a for Mac OS X 10.2 is now complete. (Note: 0.5.0a is a final release, and replaces 0.5.0 which was never officially released.) This release includes over 700 binary packages for OS X 10.2 as well as over 1800 source packages of all kinds.

The source release and the binary installer are available now, as well as all binary packages. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix.

This release is for Mac OS X 10.2 only. 10.1 users should use Fink 0.4.1.

2002-11-11: Update XFree86 for use with OS X 10.2.2-

Users should update their XFree86 installations to version for use with OS X 10.2.2. If you are using system-xfree86, you can get the new version from the XonX project. If you are using Fink's xfree86 packages, you should update to xfree86-base- and xfree86-rootless- These packages are recent additions to the 10.2/unstable tree; to gain access to them, you may need to run "fink selfupdate-cvs" and/or enable the unstable tree

2002-10-30: Don't reuse binary installer-

Users are cautioned to use the binary installer for Fink 0.4.1 only once on a given machine. Due to an apparent bug in Apple's program, attempting a second installation on the same machine can result in permissions being altered in the machine's root directory, in some cases leaving the machine in a non-bootable state.

If presents you with an "Upgrade" button rather than an "Install" button when installing Fink 0.4.1, do not proceed any further!

A new version of the binary installer for Fink 0.4.1 became available on November 5. The new version avoids the problem of the machine not booting, but even with the new version, users are advised to only "Install", not "Upgrade." (You can recognize the new version by its filesize of 12582912 bytes, while the old version had a filesize of 10541112 bytes.)

2002-09-28: Fink 0.4.1 released-

The source release and the binary installer are available now, as well as all binary packages. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix.

This is the last release for Mac OS X 10.1. Future versions of Fink will not officially support Mac OS X 10.1 anymore, we are gearing all our efforts towards 10.2.

At the same time, this release is not meant for Mac OS X 10.2. Fink 0.5.0. which is targeted for October, will be geared towards 10.2. In the meantime refer to the news item below on how to upgrade Fink for 10.2.

2002-09-27: Possible conflicts with anti-virus software-

A number of recent reports on the fink-users mailing list have indicated problems (including kernel panics and infinite hangs during patching) when using Fink to compile packages while anti-virus software is installed. You may need to switch off any anti-virus software before using Fink.

2002-09-08: Test version of Jaguar updater available-

A test version of the 10.2 updater for Fink is now available. The update process is somewhat complicated at the moment, but is explained in step-by-step instructions for updating. We also have separate instructions to install Fink from scratch on 10.2.

At the moment, approximately 800 out of 1150 Fink packages have been made ready for 10.2. However, virtually all of these packages are still being tested and have not yet been moved to the "stable" tree in the 10.2 section; moreover, binaries for 10.2 packages are not yet available.

2002-08-20: Mac OS X 10.2 / Jaguar-

During the last few weeks, we got a lot of emails asking whether Fink will work Mac OS X 10.2.

The answer is: Yes, we will support 10.2. However, due to some major changes in this new OS version, we had to make a lot of adjustments both to the Fink tool itself and to many packages. The current binary distribution, 0.4.0a, will only work partially on 10.2. We are working on an upgrade guide, as well as a new Fink release, to support 10.2.

If you upgrade your system to 10.2 before the official Fink update for 10.2 is ready, many Fink packages built on 10.1 are going to work fine, but others need to be rebuilt. Some packages need special changes to build on 10.2. Adding "unstable/main" to your list of trees in /sw/etc/fink.conf (see also the FAQ) will give you access to the latest versions of packages, many of which include important fixes for 10.2.

As of now, please do not email us asking about 10.2 support. If you can't wait, consult the mailing list archives instead.

2002-08-06: Fink package manager 0.10.0 released-

Yesterday version 0.10.0 of the Fink package manager was released to the unstable tree, along with version 1.6 of the base-files package. All Fink users which are using the unstable tree are recommended to update to this version. The easiest way to do so usually is to run 'fink selfupdate-cvs' which will automatically take care of updating these essential packages.

Please report any problems you encounter with this version via our bug tracker.

An overview of what changed since version 0.9.12 can be found here.

2002-07-17: Binary distribution moves-

The Fink binary distribution has moved to a new location. All Fink users wishing to use the binary distribution will have to make sure they are using the new binary distribution (many of you already are using it, maybe without even noticing). If you want to know how to switch and why we do this, read more here..

2002-05-29: KDE support-

Fink announces support for KDE. Packages are available in the unstable distribution, as well as pre-built binaries. For more information on installing and running it, see the full KDE Support In Fink announcement.

2002-05-03: Bug in passwd package-

All Fink users are urged to update their passwd package to version 20020329 or newer. Older versions of the passwd package are affected by a bug which could lead to the loss of all data on your hard disk if you remove system users created by Fink manually from the system via System Preferences. (Removing them via the NetInfo tool is safe.) You can check the version of your passwd package by entering dpkg -s passwd. If your version is outdated, you can update to the current one in two ways:

See Fink's FAQ, question 6.3, for more information about the passwd package.

2002-04-18: Fink 0.4.0 released-

The source release and the binary installer are available now, as well as many of the binary packages. As usual, the rest of the binaries will be made available during the next few days. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix.

2002-01-16: Fink 0.3.2a is released-

The source release and the binary installer are available now, the bulk of binary packages will be built and made available gradually over the next few days as usual. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix and the User's Guide.

2002-01-09: Fink 0.3.2 is released-

The source release is available now, the binary installer will follow soon. The bulk of binary packages will be built and made available gradually over the next few days as usual. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix and the User's Guide.

2002-01-08: Binary distribution lost-

Due to a faulty script, the whole fink website, including our binary distro, has been wiped! This means you can't use the binary distro right now. I am working as quick as I can on uploading the new Fink 0.3.2 binary distro. In addition, the package database is not working for now. Please bear with us.

2001-12-16: Yes, we are alive!-

Despite the fact that no news were listed here for over a month, the fink project was quite busy in the recent time. Sadly, our leader, Christoph, left us last month. But despite this, development is going on actively.

Version 0.9.5 of the Fink package manager was recently released, and many updated and new packages are in our CVS.

2001-11-04: Fink 0.3.1 is released-

The source release and the binary installer are available now, the bulk of binary packages will be built and made available gradually over the next few days as usual. For information about upgrading, visit the Upgrade Matrix and the recently updated User's Guide.

2001-11-02: Running X11 document updated-

The Running X11 document has had a significant update. The troubleshooting section now has a comprehensive list of XDarwin error messages with explanations.


MacOSXHints has posted an installation guide for XFree86, Fink, Window Maker and The GIMP.


In addition to ripping off Fink packages and breaking the GPL, the ports collection at has just gone commercial. More details soon.

2001-10-03: Binary distribution complete-

The binary distribution update is now complete. The 10.1 compatibility report has been updated to reflect the fixes in Fink 0.3.0.

2001-09-30: Fink 0.3.0 is released-

The source release, the binary installer and a binary upgrade kit for broken-by-10.1 installations are available in the new download section. The bulk of the binary distribution will be updated gradually over the next few days, as usual.

2001-09-26: Mac OS X 10.1 released-

Mac OS X 10.1 has been officially released yesterday. Before you use Fink on 10.1, check out the compatibility report. Update: The apt-get issue has been solved, expect a new release this weekend.

2001-09-07: Binary distribution fully updated-

The binary distribution is now fully updated to Fink 0.2.6. Enjoy.

2001-09-04: Fink 0.2.6 is released-

Fink 0.2.6 is released, fixing several bootstrap problems. The source release is available from the download page or via the 'fink selfupdate' command. The binary release will follow soon.

2001-09-02: Fink IRC Channel-

Chat with the developers and other users! We now have a #fink channel on the IRC network.

2001-08-25: Fink 0.2.5 was released-

The source release is available from the download page, the binary release will follow soon.

2001-08-23: refuses to give fair credit after using Fink to create GIMP CDs. Read Christoph's public statement on the issue.

2001-08-22: New help page-

The new help page lists various ways to get help using Fink. It also lists some ideas how you can give back to the project.

2001-08-13: Porting tips and X11 document updated-

The porting tips document has a new chapter on shared libraries and modules. The X11 document was also updated recently.

2001-08-01: Version 0.2.4a is released-

There was a bootstrapping problem in Fink 0.2.4. It is fixed in Fink 0.2.4a. You only need this if you're doing a first time install, updates are not affected.

2001-08-01: Version 0.2.4 is released-

Version 0.2.4 is released. Get it from the download page. Some highlights: The GIMP 1.2.2, sound playback and recording via esound (thanks to Shawn Hsiao and Masanori Sekino for the CoreAudio patch), xmms 1.2.5.

2001-07-19: New document: X11 on Darwin and Mac OS X-

A comprehensive document about X11 on Darwin and Mac OS X is now available. It was written to be useful for anyone, not just Fink users.

2001-07-13: Package database now online-

A prototype of the package database is now online.

2001-07-09: Version 0.2.3 is released-

Get it from the download page. This version fixes the dpkg download problems many of you were having.

2001-07-03: Packaging Manual updated-

The Packaging Manual was updated to include all recently added fields.

2001-06-30: Web site restructuring-

A major restructuring of the web site has started. The non-Fink-specific documents were removed because I don't have the time to maintain them. All documentation will be consolidated in the new Documentation section.

2001-06-24: Version 0.2.2 is released-

Version 0.2.2 is finally released. Get it from the download page. Be sure to read the notes about X11 in the INSTALL file.

2001-05-19: CVS instructions updated-

The CVS instructions have been updated for Fink 0.2.x.

2001-04-26: FAQ online-

This site now sports a FAQ section. Not much content yet, but it's here to stay.

2001-04-20: Version 0.2.0 is released-

It now uses dpkg for binary package management. You can get it from the download page, but be aware that this version is not yet as stable as the 0.1.x series.

2001-04-15: Released version 0.1.8a-

Released version 0.1.8a, fixing install problems. You only need this if you downloaded 0.1.8 and had install problems ("stow not found"). Get it from the download page.

2001-04-14: Version 0.1.8 is out-

Get it from the download page.

2001-03-30: Porting notes updated-

The porting notes have been updated with information on Mac OS X Final.

2001-03-30: Version 0.1.7 is out!-

Get it from the download page.

2001-03-24: Mac OS X is released!-

Expect Fink packages to be adapted to the final release within the next one or two weeks.

2001-03-15: Libtool page updated-

Updated the libtool page with a revised patch that does full shared library versioning.

2001-03-08: Version 0.1.6 is out-

Get it from the download page.