Zim Wiki Installed on Snow Leopard OSX 10.6

On December 30, 2010 I was able to install a working Zim wiki instance on OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on and Intel Mac.  Here are the condensed steps.  Total time to get up and running was just over 2 hours for me on a fresh OSX install.

  1. Install Macports for Snow Leopard per their instructions.  Make SURE you meet the requirements of having X11 and XCode installed already!
  2. On the Zim site it says you must us the python version 2.5 files, do not you need version 2.6.  Substitute “26″ for “25″ in their list which means you will need to install these packages via macports, in the following order:
    1. sudo port install python26
    2. sudo port install py26-gtk
    3. sudo port install py26-simplejson
    4. sudo port install py26-xdg
    5. sudo port install zim
  3. Open up X11, and execute “zim” in a shell and it will start.

Just in case:

Python Version 2.5 would not work on my machine for a number of reasons and I was forced to back out its install.  The backout might have left a residue, so  when I got to the “install zim” step I was stopped twice due to unregistered packages that already seemed to be there.  I executed these steps in order (per each stoppage) from information form the log files to solve this problem:

  1. sudo port -f activate p5-module-build
  2. sudo port -f activate zim

You may not have to do this at all if you are starting from scratch.  Good luck!

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