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Do not alter names of Mac OS X installer packages System
As a warning more than a hint, it is not advisable to change the names of Apple's .pkg files. A friend of mine had backups of all generations of iApp releases. Finding himself with, for example, two packages called "iTunes.pkg," he changed one to "iTunes 2.pkg" and the other to "iTunes 3.pkg."

Later, when trying to install one onto another machine, the installer returned the error "Could not find valid Bill of Materials file." Turns out there is a file in the package contents named "iTunes.bom," and the package name has to match this to install. So, if you ever do change your .pkg file names, remember to change them back before you install again.

[robg adds: If you can't remember the original name, just mount the disk image, control-click on the package, and navigate to Contents -> Resources to see the .bom file. The name of this file is what the name of the package should be. I haven't tested this hint -- if anyone happens to be installing something, please confirm via a comment.]
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Do not alter names of Mac OS X installer packages
Authored by: wayneyoung on Mar 06, '03 10:46:01AM

I found this out back in the 10.1 days when I tried to save out all the OS updates. It is indeed true. To get around it I put each update pkg in a dsik image, and gave the disk image the appropriate name. Worked great.



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Do not alter names of Mac OS X installer packages
Authored by: PapaJosh on Mar 06, '03 10:49:19AM

A good reason to use FileStorm installers ;). *shameless plug*



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Do not alter names of Mac OS X installer packages
Authored by: JackSim on Mar 06, '03 11:05:59AM

I once downloaded a package from brother.com and wasn't able to install - same error message. Now I know what it was: I changed the package name (it was something like HL2200ERKNL.pkg).

Not very user-friendly...



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All Your Base
Authored by: macgyvr64 on Mar 09, '03 01:28:37PM

Someone set us up the .bom!



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