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Mac OS X

Section contributed by Julio M. Merino Vidal

The following instructions explain how to install Docbook XML, Docbook XSL and Doxygen in a Mac OS X system, how to configure Boost.Build v2 to recognize them and how to build and install Quickbook. They were taken from a 10.4 (Tiger) machine so it is likely that they also apply to future versions; they may not work with older ones, though.

The text below assumes you want to install all the necessary utilities in a system-wide location, allowing any user in the machine to have access to them. Therefore, all files will be put in the /usr/local hierarchy. If you do not want this, you can choose any other prefix such as ~/Applications for a single-user installation.

Mac OS X comes with xsltproc and all related libraries preinstalled, so you do not need to take any extra steps to set them up. It is probable that future versions will include them too, but these instructions may not apply to older versions.

To get started:

  1. Download Docbook XML 4.2 and unpack it inside /usr/local/share/xml/docbook/4.2.
  2. Download the latest Docbook XSL version and unpack it. Put the results in /usr/local/share/xsl/docbook, thus effectively removing the version number from the directory name (for simplicity).
  3. Add the following to your user-config.jam file, which should live in your home directory (/Users/<your_username>). You must already have it somewhere or otherwise you could not be building Boost (i.e. missing tools configuration).
using xsltproc ;

using boostbook
    : "/usr/local/share/xsl/docbook"
    : "/usr/local/share/xml/docbook/4.2"
    ;

The above steps are enough to get a functional BoostBook setup. Quickbook will be automatically built when needed. If you want to avoid these rebuilds and install a system-wide Quickbook instead:

  1. Go to Quickbook's source directory (BOOST_ROOT/tools/quickbook).
  2. Build the utility by issuing bjam --v2.
  3. Copy the resulting quickbook binary (located under the BOOST_ROOT/bin.v2 hierarchy) to a safe place. Following our previous example, you can install it into: /usr/local/bin.
  4. Add the following to your user-config.jam file:
using quickbook
    : "/usr/local/bin/quickbook" ;
    ;

Additionally, if you need to build documentation that uses Doxygen, you will need to install it too:

  1. Go to the downloads section and get the disk image (dmg file) for Mac OS X.
  2. Open the disk image and drag the Doxygen application to your Applications folder to install it.
  3. Add the following to your user-config.jam file:
using doxygen
    : /Applications/Doxygen.app/Contents/Resources/doxygen
    ;

Alternatively, you may want to install all the prerequistes through a package system to avoid manual management of the installations. In that case, check out pkgsrc.


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