richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 2 12:20:47 EST 2018
On 2/1/2018 5:38 pm, Rick Harrison via use-livecode wrote:
> Hi Graham,
> Most applications on the Mac do not have uninstaller as
> they are usually very easy to uninstall by deleting the
> application. Most users are smart enough to know they
> have to delete any aliases in the dock. They usually know
> that the prefs file for the application should be deleted
> as well if they run into problems.
> Many times a good support webpage with clear instructions
> on how to completely delete the app and how to install
> the new version correctly is all that is needed. You can
> also remind users how to use the “Find” File menu option
> in the Finder to look for your rogue versions if you feel
> it is necessary.
> You can always tag your files with some information which
> will always be unique to your program. If you use the
> “Find” File menu option, and then click on options you
> will find a whole list of potential meta-data fields you
> could exploit to create your unique program profile.
> Never recommend Mac Keeper or Mac Cleaner as they
> are considered to be Malware/Spyware/Annoyance-ware
> and are difficult for some users to eradicate.
Indeed: these are terrible, as well as the fact that I get spam windows
in my browsers for them.
> Good luck!
>> On Jan 2, 2018, at 6:00 AM, Graham Samuel via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>> I’m developing a very simple uninstaller for a Mac app. I have an installer, thanks to DropDMG.
>> The uninstallation process isn’t difficult - it’s just a matter of deleting all the involved files (some are slightly tricky to find, like dock aliases, but I guess there’s a way around that). But there’s one issue that I’m unsure about: what to do if the user has not obeyed the installer's instructions to place the app in the Applications folder, or has maybe got a beta copy that wasn’t installed using the installer, or has made a ‘spare’ copy somewhere on their hard disk which I don’t know about. I can’t see any way to detect these ‘rogue’ copies - can anyone else think of one? I know there are some big hitters in this area like CleanMyMac that claim to be able to find everything to do with an installed app, but I am not that ambitious - I just don’t want to miss anything obvious.
>> Any help would be appreciated.
>> PS When I crack this, I’ll have to do the same thing for a PC version of the app. But first things first.
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