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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs System
Whenever you install something that requires a reboot via Apple's Installer, it disables the Quit menu so you can't quit and reboot later. But what if you want to install multiple things that require a reboot, and don't want to reboot every time?

Most installers let you tell them to quit and you'll reboot later, but not Apple's Installer. At least, not directly. There is a way to do it without force quitting, though. Simply right-click on the dock icon (or click and hold). The Quit menu item in the dock's contextual menu is still active, and it still works. Simply select that and the Installer will quit with no complains, letting you install other things or simply hold off on rebooting.

[robg adds: In Panther, the installer seems to be much smarter about multiple installs without a reboot. As a general rule, I tend to reboot between installs, as I'm never sure if something might be required for a subsequent install ... but perhaps I'm just extra paranoid!]
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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs
Authored by: Durandal on Dec 12, '03 11:22:56AM

Actually, during one install, you can double-click on another package in the Finder and open it up, and Installer will automatically put it in a queue. So you'll have two Installer windows open with one telling you that it's waiting for the other install to finish.

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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs
Authored by: aranor on Dec 12, '03 01:12:20PM

Yes, but what if you want to install with a different installer, or just plain don't want to restart yet because you know there's no ill effects and you'd rather finish what you were doing?



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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs
Authored by: earthsaver on Dec 12, '03 01:28:57PM

I understand if you simply don't want to restart, but what do you mean "if you want to install with a different installer"? The point is, you can install more than one package before quitting Installer. Anyway, what's the difference between a Dock-based quit and a fore quit?

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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs
Authored by: aranor on Dec 12, '03 07:48:45PM

What if you want to install something that uses VISE installer or one of the other non-Apple installers?

And the difference between dock-quit and force-quit is dock-quit is a graceful quit and force-quit is just that, a force-quit. If I can gracefully quit an application, I don't want to force-quit it.



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Quit the Apple Installer to allow multiple installs
Authored by: timcrawf on Dec 12, '03 08:15:09PM

Yes, but only in Panther and not if the dialog has already come up.
This is not listed as a 10.3 hint. And yes it is much more applicable to earlier versions.



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