Gramps version 3.2.0 for Mac OS X

Tim Lyons guy.linton at
Sun Mar 28 10:10:45 PDT 2010

I have now created the MacPorts Portfile for Gramps 3.2.0, and have  
asked for this to be uploaded to MacPorts.

I would be very interested to know how many people are currently  
using Gramps on Macintosh, which version/port of Gramps they are  
using, which hardware architecture and which version of the Operating  
System they are using.

I installed a fresh copy of MacPorts and built Gramps 3.2.0 from  
scratch. On my Mac OS X 10.4.11 iMac iSight (2.1 GHx PowerPC G5) this  
took 12 hours 53 minutes. I have tested the new MacPorts version in  
this environment.

There were a few problems that have now been fixed in MacPorts. The  
remaining issues are:

(1) If you had a previous installation of Gramps, you have to rename/ 
move aside /Applications/MacPorts when you do a fresh install.

(2) MacPorts ticket 24127 (,  
libproxy 0.4.0 build failure - I loaded the portfile for 0.3.0 which  
worked OK.

(3) The WriteCD plugin is unavailable. This relies on GNOME and has  
not been made to work on OS X.

(4) The spelling checker is not installed because there is no MacPort  
of the python bindings to gtkspell, this results in the warning:  
"14484: WARNING: line 66: Spelling checker is not installed".

(5) A warning message is produced: "Xlib:  extension "RANDR" missing  
on display ":0.0"." According to the MacPorts FAQ (http:// "It's harmless and you should  
ignore it".

(6)The Geographic View is not available because webkit-gtk does not  
build under MacPorts (MacPorts ticket 23464 
ticket/23464 and webkitgtk bug 

(7) When going into the file chooser (for example on export or import  
or plugin manager, you may get the warning: "GtkWarning: Unable to  
find default local directory monitor type". This doen't seem to be  
very serious, and seems to be a "more general gtk issue". See http:// at

If you start gramps from the xterm window, don't forget to follow the  
instructions about setting paths for the X11 environment in http://

Instructions for installing the MacPorts version of Gramps are in the  
Wiki at 

The latest version of MacPorts Gramps prior to this is 3.0.4.
The latest official stable fink version is 1.0.10 for Mac OS X 10.4.  
The latest official unstable fink version is
3.0.4 for Mac OS X 10.5.
The latest prebuilt binary version ( 
apple) is 3.1.2 for Intel and PPC, but this does not work on Mac OS X  
10.4 PPC.

Tim Lyons.
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