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Easily install command-line tools with Rudix

I’ve been messing about with nitty gritty tech tasks for the last few weeks, both on my new web server and on my recently updated Mac mini. For one task, I needed to install the command-line tool wget, which lets you access HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP URLs, on my mini, but I didn’t have the tools needed to compile it out of the box.

After flirting with installing Xcode just to access the command-line tools, I came across another option: Rudix. This repository of command-line tools come pre-compiled and packaged for OS X’s installer, so you can basically just download and install them as you would any native Mac application. There are a wide variety of packages available—including the wget I was looking for—and chances are that Rudix might have what you’re looking for, too.