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It may just be me, but I just noticed that the installer has a "Show Files" option in the "File" menu that, when selected, shows all the files and where they'll be installed. This appears to only be enabled when you're in the "Installation Type" step. Very handy to pre-examine what'll be installed.

[robg adds: Though some (many? most?) of you may be going "duh!," it's not just Anonymous -- I hadn't ever noticed this menu, nor had three other friends I ran it past. I typically just click-and-install, and never even thought to look at the menus. So I'm breaking my own rule and hinting on a menu item! You can get the same list of files by opening the package in the Terminal, finding the .bom file, and then using lsbom on it (which does offer more options). However, the menu method is much more convenient -- especially if you wish to save or print the list of updated files.]
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Preview all files that Apple Installers will install
Authored by: Barty on Nov 19, '04 11:24:52AM

Looks like Pacifist won't sell anymore...

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Preview all files that Apple Installers will install
Authored by: readparse on Nov 22, '04 04:41:37PM

Well thanks. I had never heard of Pacifist, having not paid enough attention recently, I guess. Pacifist is really great and WAY more than this "show files" feature, so I wouldn't be concerned about it's future. I doubt that Pacifist is based on an assumption that the users will never figure out about a feature in the Installer. But the face that the Installer will show you the files is a great thing to know. Mostly, I'm glad I was exposed to Pacifist. Thanks again.



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File listing doesn't allow extraction.
Authored by: nstlr on Nov 19, '04 12:43:48PM

You can view the list of files, but you can't extract a subset of the files from this list like Pacifist will let you do.



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Preview all files that Apple Installers will install
Authored by: diamondsw on Nov 19, '04 01:22:03PM

The menu item is enabled only after passing the license agreement (if there is one). However, the big problem is it does not "summarize" the list in any way. As most of us here know, a package on OS X (application, kernel extension, etc) may consist of thousands of files. Instead of showing the file list at the package level, it has one line for every file - no way to collapse it as in Pacifist, so you end up scrolling past thousands of lines of text.

So, it'll work in a pinch, but for those big OS updaters, use Pacifist.



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Preview all files that Apple Installers will install
Authored by: MacTed on Nov 19, '04 07:03:55PM

It may be important to note -- the list from the Installer will not show any files created by scripts run within the installation process -- such as preflight, postflight, preinstall, postinstall, etc.

This is an important note for many packages which create configuration or other settings files based on the local environment through such scripts, which files cannot be created by the Installer alone (though empty versionf of these files might be placeable...)

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