I'm desperately keen to install and run your Universal Circuit
Simulator, but don't have any experience with Terminal and Unix
commands. Sorry to bother you but I can't get it to install and I've
tried searching your FAQ's and the internet for answers to my problem in
vain. Here's a very detailed account of what I did and what's happening:
1) downloaded the qucs-0.0.10.tar.gz file from SourceForge
2) downloaded QtMac335-Mini-Tiger.pkg from http://naranja.umh.es/~atg/
3) uncompressed the above, then ran the installer package. I got no
errors (but don't know where on my computer the contents of the package
were installed into...).
4) launched Terminal. The console window read:
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Welcome to Darwin!
You have new mail.
5) attempted to unpack the distribution tarball (I guess this means the
zipped qucs-0.0.10.tar.gz download?) by typing:
tar xvzf qucs-0.0.10.tar.gz
at the prompt in the Terminal window (as instructed in the 'README' file
found in the 'qucs-0.0.10' folder). On hitting the 'Enter' key I got:
tar (child): qucs-0.0.10.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Since Terminal refused numerous attempts to unpack this file for me, I
then expanded it manually and ended up with the folder:
sitting on the desktop. Not knowing how to "... 'cd' to the directory
containing the package's source code ..." as described in the 'INSTALL'
text file in the 'qucs-0.0.10' folder, I then dragged this directory
into the window of Terminal and got:
Ernest-Thompsons-Computer:~ mainuser$ /Users/mainuser/Desktop/qucs-0.0.10/
which I guess would have given me the same (correct) filepath that I
wasn't able to 'cd' to.
On hitting the 'Enter' key I then got:
-bash: /Users/mainuser/Desktop/qucs-0.0.10/: is a directory
Well, I didn't really need Terminal to tell me that... but I wish it
would've told me how to get INTO it to follow the next step of the
instructions and type './configure'.
I've tried everything I can think of (almost to the point of exhaustion)
without avail. I'd be really grateful if you'd be able to tell me what I
can try next, or where I'm going wrong... I'm using an iBook G4 PPC with
system OSX 10.4.8.
Thank you and I appreciate your efforts in making these programs
available to us Mac users!