Update: node.js now has a package installer for Mac OS X which includes node and npm. Unless you need to install node or npm by hand, I suggest downloading the package installer.
I’ve been wanting to mess with I/O Docs for some time now. I/O Docs requires node.js, npm, and redis. I hear the buzz around these technologies, but I have yet to use them. Although I found several posts and a package for installing node.js and npm on Mac OS X, each had issues. Mac OS X runs atop BSD Unix. So, while potentially intimidating, you can install all these yourself by running commands within Terminal.
After much Googling I discovered an overwhelming set of node.js installation instructions. In a nutshell (no pun), this installs node.js under a newly created
local folder in the current user folder and adds that folder to your
PATH so you can run node.js simply by typing node.
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile source ~/.bash_profile mkdir ~/local mkdir ~/node-js cd ~/node-js curl http://nodejs.org/dist/node-v0.4.7.tar.gz | tar xz --strip-components=1 ./configure --prefix=~/local make install
A few notes.
First, this installs node.js version 0.4.7. From what I read, this is currently the most compatible version. If you require a different version, I’ll assume you know more about installing node.js than me.
Second, bash on Mac OS X uses
.bashrc. I’ve modified the original script to reflect these changes.
Once you have installed node.js, you can install npm with just one command.
curl http://npmjs.org/install.sh | sh
I should pass along the warning that this runs commands streamed from the internet. If you’re paranoid about that kind of stuff, you should download and verify
Redis was a straightforward install. For the most part I followed the redis quickstart guide. I modified the script below slightly to use
curl as Mac OS X does not include
curl -O http://download.redis.io/redis-stable.tar.gz tar -xvzf redis-stable.tar.gz rm redis-stable.tar.gz cd redis-stable make sudo make install
rm redis-stable.tar.gz is simple cleanup.
sudo make install is optional as it adds the Redis commands to /usr/local/bin/.
In time, you may need to update the versions for node.js and redis. Both offer a latest download. Feel free to substitute these into your script. The commands above should still work. Nonetheless, I tried to provide links to the original documentation when available.
This post came from getting started with I/O Docs. As I/O Docs required node.js and redis.
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