If you want to setup hovercraft for creating presentations on your Mac, the following steps may help if you already have MacPorts installed.

At first install python if you haven’t already:

$#> sudo port install python33 py33-pip

As you’ll run into problems, you have to export the language for the next command to run successfully. So add these two lines to your ~/.bash_profile

export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

And while we’re at it, add the following path to your PATH variable as well, so you can later access the hovercraft command directly.

$#> /opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/bin

Your path then looks something like this:

$#> export PATH="/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/bin:$PATH"

Now you can finally install hovercraft like this:

$#> sudo -H pip install hovercraft

Happy hovercrafting!

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