Since I had to test something on a pure TTY vanilla NetHack anyway, and as always it took me a while to figure all the minimal patches out, I decided to upload the result to github. Then I realized that OSX Lion users are no longer able to download the official NetHack Mac binaries due to lack of Rosetta, so made the whole thing into a binary distribution as well.
It’s a single-player dist that you have to extract directly into your home folder, so you’ll get
~/NetHack as a result. If you want to relocate the installation you have to do so manually (think setting HACKDIR or editing the main script).
Please let me know if you run into any trouble.