Starting out with Alchemy (on a Mac)

So I’m a PC that now works on a Mac. It’s not my choice, but I went along with it to experience the Mac side of things. I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it that much either. That being said, it means that I am a complete noob user. For the past 2 days, I have been trying to make Alchemy work (compiler that let’s you compile C and C++ libraries to a SWC that can be used in Flash) and it wasn’t all that easy.

First I’m going to point you to two articles on how to setup Alchemy. The first one can be found on Adobe Labs and has a detailed list of steps to complete in order to make Alchemy works. The second one is from zaalabs and it gives further information to get it done.

Now, even with those articles I had a lot of trouble to get it to work, mostly because I don’t know a lot about command line stuff. The first thing that confused me was the mention of a bash / shell / terminal interchangeably. Now, I know there is a difference between all of those, but in this case they all mean the terminal. You can access the terminal by going to Applications and inside the Utilities folder you’ll find the terminal.

The second thing that I didn’t understand was how to add something to the system path. This is also┬áreferred later on as adding to your paths. This means editing a file that will put a certain path to be handled like a system path so that you can access whatever is in that folder from any directory. To do so you have to edit a certain file named .profile. The problem that I had was that looking around the interweb for adding to the system path I found that I had to edit a file named .bash_profile. Well it turns out that both works but you just need one of those, if you put some info in one and some info in the other, just one of the file is going to be used so it won’t work. Just use .profile as mentioned in Adobe doc. Now that file is a hidden file (it starts with a “.”) and to see if it exist, in terminal, you must, right after you open it, write “ls -a”, the -a option will show you file that starts with a “.”. If the file .profile doesn’t exist you can create it using an editor like pico by writing “pico .profile”, writing what you need in it and saving the file. Just to help out, here is what my .profile file looks like after I have completed all the steps:

source /Users/dominicg/library/Alchemy/alchemy-setup
PATH=$PATH:/Users/dominicg/Flex3/bin:/Users/dominicg/library/Alchemy/achacks
export PATH

Last note to be sure everything works, you need to use the Flex SDK 3.2 and no other version. That particular SDK can be found here.

Well I hope this will help some of you. I pretty much shifted focus from Alchemy since I started writing this article, but I am sure I will get back to it at some point.

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  1. #1 by felix - May 14th, 2010 at 00:30

    if you are using terminal on mac you might want to try ‘Path Finder’. It gives you a right click ‘Open In Terminal’ option and allows you toggle hidden file visibility amongst other things.

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