The install of FERRET on both linux and OS X was fairly painless, although there were a couple of things that I had to do.

The default setup for the tarballed OS X version was to use the csh, and there was a path file that was set accordingly. Since I use the bash shell I needed to change a couple of things. Basically what I did was to take the /usr/local/ferret/ferret_paths_bash_template file and copy it to /usr/local/ferret_paths. Once there I had to edit the file to include these lines:
export FER_DIR=/usr/local/ferret
export FER_DSETS="$FER_DIR/fer_dsets"

Then in my .bashrc file I added the lines
if [ -f /usr/local/ferret_paths ]; then
. /usr/local/ferret_paths

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