Time To Pull The Plug

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Xmkmf, and X3270

It seems that xmkmf is no longer available on Snow Leopard, which makes sense given that it’s part of the deprecated imake package. Unfortunately, there’s stuff out there that still needs it. I was trying to install x3270 on my Mac because I’m extremely intrigued by MVS/380 and I would need a 3270 emulator for it.

For whatever reason, fink doesn’t have a x3270 package, but MacPorts does. When trying to install it from MacPorts, though, it errored out with configure: error: ‘Cannot find xmkmf’ . It is installable still, but the dependencies aren’t up to date at the moment. Until such time as it is fixed, this will get it installed for you.

  • First, make sure MacPorts is installed. That’s up to you.
  • Run these commands by hand to install some dependencies it doesn’t have automatically:
    • sudo port install imake
    • sudo port install mkfontdir
  • Finally, sudo port install x3270 will install x3270, and you’ll be good to go.