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How to install Crystal on OSX El Capitan

Due to the rootless feature, original pkg installation would be incomplete.

Of course, homebrew users should use brew, but this is not an option for MacPorts (or Fink) users.

Using darwin-x86_64.tar.gz

  • Extract tar.gz into /opt/crystal
  • Link /opt/crystal/bin/crystal and /opt/crystal/embedded/bin/shards to /usr/local/bin.

Using pkg

  • You need to modify the pkg to symlink safely.
  1. Prepare updatepkgscripts.rb.
  2. Paste following to crystal-update.rb.
  3. Call crystal-update.rb updatepkgscripts.rb crystal.pkg.
  4. Now you can install the pkg safely.
#usage: crystal-update.rb updatepkgscripts.rb crystal.pkg

require 'tmpdir'
    system('"'+ARGV[0]+'" -x "'+ARGV[1]+'" crystal-core.pkg/Scripts "'+tmp+'"')
        f.write DATA.read
    system('"'+ARGV[0]+'" -u "'+ARGV[1]+'" crystal-core.pkg/Scripts "'+tmp+'"')

# Perform necessary crystal setup steps
# after package is installed.

PROGNAME=$(basename $0)

function error_exit
  echo "${PROGNAME}: ${1:-"Unknown Error"}" 1>&2
  exit 1

if [ `uname` = "Darwin" -a `uname -r|cut -f1 -d.` -ge 15 ]; then

ln -nfs /opt/crystal/bin/crystal ${INSTALL_PATH}/bin/crystal
ln -nfs /opt/crystal/embedded/bin/shards ${INSTALL_PATH}/bin/shards

exit 0


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