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Re: [Bug-gnubg] GNU Backgammon Crashes on Mac OSX

From: Philippe Michel
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] GNU Backgammon Crashes on Mac OSX
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 23:38:03 +0100 (CET)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (BSF 67 2015-01-07)

On Sat, 28 Jan 2017, Ken Kline wrote:

I got, what I thought, was the correct version of GNU Backgammon for Mac OSX Mountain Lion from your website. I have the newest version of XQuartz. GNU Backgammon installs perfectly to my Applications Folder, but when I try to launch GNUBG, XQuartz comes up but GNUBG crashes. How can I fix this?

There have been multiple similar reports, either in this list or at the GNU project bug reports site, for various versions on OSX. It seems the binary packages available at www.gnubg.org, built 2-3 years ago for the OS versions available at the time, may not work any longer after some upgrades of the OS.

There were a few similar issues on Linux, but here there are relatively many people who build up to date packages for the distribution they contrbute to maintain. The problems then tend to be fixed quickly. We have no such luxury for OSX.

The safer solution might be for you to do just that, building your own gnubg for your OS version by using the nifty MacPorts system.

I am not much of a computer techie so please make your reply easy to follow.

I don't know if it will qualify as easy to follow, but you may want to read the beginning of this document :
and after section 2.2.1 switch to :

I don't use a Mac, so I cannot go much further. Maybe Mac (and macports) users can offer more information. for instance a simpler tutorial or the specific steps to install gnubg.

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