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How I finally got Vowpal Wabbit 7.0 installed on OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

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I’ve read all the other tutorials online, but none of them really worked. It was more trouble than I expected, but here’s what I had to do:

First Step: make sure you have installed Homebrew. This is the package manager I used to install all the other pre-requisites.
1. install boost

$ brew install boost
$ brew ln boost

2. install automake / autoconf

# May prompt you to overwrite
$ brew install automake
$ brew ln automake
$ brew install autoconf
$ brew ln autoconf

3. install glibtool

$ brew install libtool
$ brew ln libtool

4. symlink glibtoolize as libtoolize

# I guess homebrew installs glibtoolize, so I just had to create a symlink
$ cd /usr/local/bin
$ ln -s glibtoolize libtoolize

Now, we can finally successfully run and the rest of them as described in the README

$ git clone git://
# Checkout whatever branch you want
$ git checkout -b v7.0
$ ./
$ ./configure
$ make
$ make install

Written by Andrew Waage

November 8th, 2012 at 5:03 pm