OT: what are the components of a standard Mac install?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue Feb 3 12:06:32 EST 2009

Most Mac "deinstallers" I have seen are actually just shell scripts  
that delete everything from where the installer put them. If you know  
how to write shell scripts then it shouldn't be all that hard to write  
a "deinstaller". The real trick is getting it to run as an admin. Not  
sure how to do that. I would also pay attention to removing things  
like preference files that you create in the process of running the  
app that may have become corrupted (hence the need to deinstall).

I guess the real question is, how much of the users preferences do you  
want to retain if any? If a "factory reset" condition is what you are  
after, then just delete everything, otherwise you have to think about  
what to retain.

Bob Sneidar
IT Manager
Logos Management
Calvary Chapel CM

On Feb 3, 2009, at 4:59 AM, Tiemo Hollmann TB wrote:

> Hello,
> coming from the windows world, I am not really aware, what a  
> "standard"
> setup on a Mac has to do. I know, there are tools like PackageMaker,  
> but I
> would like to know, what a Mac User usually expects, when he inserts  
> a CD -
> and what of that PackerMacker would provide and what not. What does a
> installer like PackageMaker do anything else, than just copying the  
> whole CD
> on HD? How does a Mac User deinstalls his progs, I havn't seen yet a
> deinstall of any prog?
> Perhaps someone could point me to a link to the necessaries of a Mac  
> install
> /deinstall.
> Thanks for any hint
> Tiemo
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