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OS X installation

    Installing OpenMx from Source on OS X 10.9.2

  1. Install xcode from the App Store
  2. Run this command in a terminal window to get standard C libraries etc:
    xcode-select install
  3. Download OpenMx into a dierctory with the name OpenMx (or whatever you prefer)
    svn checkout --username "" OpenMx
    cd OpenMx
    cd trunk
  4. Download & Install R 3.1.1 (3.0.x should work too)
  5. Install roxygen2 package in R
  6. Download HPC g++ gcc * gfortran 4.9 from, change directory to whereever it downloaded, and install it in /usr/local/bin with sudo tar -xvf gcc-4.9-bin.tar -C /
  7. Change to trunk directory of OpenMx repository
  8. make install (which breaks but you can find the filename in step 8 to edit)
  9. Edit the file /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/etc/Makeconf to replace the CLANG compilers with g++ gcc & gfortran
    CC = /usr/local/bin/gcc
    CXX = /usr/local/bin/g++
    FC = /usr/local/bin/gfortran
    F77 = /usr/local/bin/gfortran
  10. Put the right version of libnpsol.a into the inst/osx subdirectory
  11. make install
<h2 id="Windowsinstallation">Windows installation</h2> 

    A prerequisite for compiling OpenMx on Windows platforms is the Rtools Windows toolset.  Download the latest version of Rtools from their <a class="ext-link" href=""> website</a> and run the installer.  The Rtools installer does not add the R directory to your PATH environment variable.  See <a class="ext-link" href=""> here</a> for help on setting the path in Windows 2000/XP. See <a class="ext-link" href=""> here</a> for help on setting the path in Windows Vista. The default R directory is placed in C:\Program Files\R\R-2.X.X\bin. 

    <a class="ext-link" href=""> TortoiseSVN</a> is a subversion graphical user interface that you may find helpful.  Some tips: We recommend checking out the OpenMx repository into a folder that does not contain any spaces in its absolute path. If you receive a permission denied error when running "make install", follow the instructions on the R FAQ for Windows: <a class="ext-link" href=""> I don't have permission to write to the R library directory</a>. 

    In R 2.9.x and earlier, you need <a class="ext-link" href=""> Microsoft's HTML Help Workshop</a> in order to create R help files under Windows. After you have installed the software, add C:\Program Files\HTML Help Workshop to your PATH environment variable.  

    Now follow the instructions for the Unix installation.

<h2 id="Unixinstallation">Unix installation</h2> 

    OpenMx should compile under any Unix with the GNU C compiler (See above for instructions on installing this if necessary). First you need to get the source.

<h4 id="SVNSourceArchive">SVN Source Archive</h4> 

    To install OpenMx, download the source using <a class="ext-link" href=""> SVN</a>. 

    <li>You will want to check out the repository to a local working copy, placed wherever you like, probably a directory such as <pre>"~/Applications/bin"</pre> or <pre>"~/local/"</pre></li>
    <li>Next "Check out" the repository creating the local directory OpenMx if necessary:<pre>cd ~/Applications/bin/

svn checkout --username "" OpenMx
If don't have an account, leave out the --username argument.

  • After you have downloaded an initial working copy, SVN can keep this up to date with svn update.
      tinkerbell:OpenMx tim$ svn update
                        A    trunk/docs/source/Factor1.png
                        U    trunk/docs/source/FactorModelPath.rst
                        D    trunk/models/passing/bivSat3.R

    A = Added, U = Updated, D = Deleted
    You can also check the status of your working copy

    cd ~/Applications/bin/
    svn status OpenMx  # learn if any changes have been made, including new files
                    * For a list of recent changes check out the ChangeLog file in the most recent distribution.
                Learn more with man svn or a <a href="">tutorial site</a>.
        <h4>GIT Source Archive</h4>
        Equivalently, there is a real-time mirror of the OpenMx subversion trunk located at <a class="ext-link" href="">Gitorius</a>. To retrieve a read-only clone of the trunk, use:
        <pre class="wiki">git clone git://</pre>

    Building and Installing OpenMx from the downloaded source

    cd (change directory) to the trunk directory, and make install

    cd ~/OpenMx/trunk/
    make install

    Options for the make process are as follows:

    make build # build a binary release of the OpenMx library for export.
    make install # create the OpenMx library and tries to install it as an R library.
    make check # create the OpenMx library and runs the R library checker.
    make html # create the Sphinx documentation in the docs/build/html directory.  You will need to have the Sphinx package installed.
    make pdf # create a pdf file in the build directory of the OpenMx documentation.
    make clean # clean out the build subdirectory.  Sometimes you may need to run "make clean" if you get error messages with the other make build.
    make test # run all the models in the demo and models/passing subdirectories.  The number of errors found will be reported (should be 0).

    Problems With make

    1. Try make clean
    2. Ensure your copy of the source is up-to-date (to your local copy's trunk directory, and update):
      cd ~/OpenMx/trunk/
      svn update
    3. Checkout the repository again.
    4. Make sure that you are building from the trunk directory.
    5. Make sure you have all the R dependencies installed.
    6. Last but not least, make sure that if you are building for multicore, the command R points to R64, not to plain 32-bit R. For example, if the command
      which R

      returns /usr/bin/R, and

      ls - l /usr/bin/R

      returns /usr/bin/R@ -> /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/bin/R it would be necessary to fix this with

      sudo unlink /usr/bin/R
      sudo ln -s /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/bin/R64 /usr/bin/R

      Otherwise, you may encounter cryptic messages such as

      Error in dyn.load(file, DLLpath = DLLpath, ...) : 
        unable to load shared object '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.14/Resources/library/OpenMx/libs/i386/':
        dlopen(/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.14/Resources/library/OpenMx/libs/i386/, 6): Symbol not found: _GOMP_parallel_end
        Referenced from: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.14/Resources/library/OpenMx/libs/i386/
        Expected in: dynamic lookup


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