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updated 11:20 am EST, Mon November 17, 2003

Fink 0.62 fixes bugs

The Fink project has released , a new binary distribution, which it says "is an important milestone in the transition to Mac OS X 10.3 and completes the transition to version 3.3 of the Gnu C Compiler. Fink now supports all users running Mac OS X 10.2 with GCC 3.3 enabled as well as all users running Mac OS X 10.3: "This is a bug-fix release, intended to address two problems: the dselect/user deletion bug, and a problem with ownership of files. The dselect bug was addressed by updating the fink, dpkg, and apt packages."

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    I thought fink was already updated for 10.3? I guess this is a bug fix to the original version.

    Fink rocks :)

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    Fink works under 10.3, but many packages still need to updated and tested. Unfortunately, this takes a while.

    Bugfixes are for 0.6.1, which was released a few weeks ago.

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