It seems KiCAD and macOS is still a bit on the rough side. I attempted an install about 6 mos ago, but it was so dysfunctional I left it & installed on my Ubuntu system. That worked OK, but now my Ubuntu system is down for a motherboard issue. So - I’ve been trying the installation again.
I finally got past the initial roadblocks w/ Apple’s security & privacy, and then the strange end-around dragging the ‘kicad’ folder to ~/Library folder in a new tab in Finder. KiCAD actually starts now, but gives this dialog:
There was another answer here that didn’t help:
Which file or folder am I looking for exactly??? The default choice is greyed out for some unknown reason (did I do something wrong??), and the dialog nor the referenced answer give any clues about where or what this “global symbol library table file” is. Can someone explain this? - or clarify the opaque options here?
And why is this dialog designed to “lock” my system up such that I must summon “Activity Monitor” to “Force Quit” the app?!? That’s not right…
If my question sounds a bit “short”, please forgive me. I should say that I expect non-Apple apps to have all sorts of installation issues - because Apple sucks at openness (and other things). Nevertheless, the KiCAD install seems to be the most obstinate & confusing I’ve encountered. I’d appreciate any help on this particular issue, and I’d also welcome a “heads-up” if the macOS port of KiCAD is simply not ready for prime time… I don’t want to make a career of coaxing KiCAD to run on a platform it’s ill-suited for.