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Saberizing a Mac, revisited


Up front: Apologies if somehow I've overlooked any discussions that followed the four-part series from a year or so ago. I've done some digging, but couldn't find answers to my questions, and so I'm bringing them to y'all in hope of some guidance.

I've had no problem installing MAMP and Sequel Pro, and loading the Lahman BDB. I'm looking forward to learning some SQL and running some queries. My next step, though, in an ideal world, would be to also get a Retrosheet database up and running using Chadwick. I've downloaded the latter, and after some frustration with Snow Leopard, I think I have it working.*

*I think. I had to completely uninstall, download, and reinstall the latest version of Xcode tools to get gcc (the C compiler) to  work; this seems to be an issue with Snow Leopard that others might have to deal with, as well, but I don't have the technical knowledge to say much more than that. And as you'll see below, I'm not exactly sure what to do next, so I haven't really tested my compile of Chadwick yet.

Here's the thing: I'm not a programmer, and despite the much-appreciated efforts of tangotiger and Colin Wyers to document the process from the Windows side, I'm not sure what to do from here. I could probably try to do what I want to do using their instructions, file structures, programs, batch files, etc. with VMWare Fusion and Windows 7, but part of the fun here is to figure out how to do this on the Mac, right? And before I start madly downloading Retrosheet .zip files left and right, I'd like to have some sense of how to get them properly parsed.

So: anyone feeling like helping out a lost soul? Thanks in advance...

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