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You may wish that all apps used the simple "drag and drop" installation, instead of Apple's installer. As it turns out, a lot of them use installers when they don't even need to -- see this hint on installing Microsoft's Remote Desktop via drag-and-drop, for instance.

There are lots of others that use package installers, and then ask for admin privileges, when they don't really need to. If you're concerned that they could be running daemons or background processes that make your computer slower, or put files where you don't want them to go, here's a manual-install method to try instead:
  1. Control-click on the package in Finder and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  2. Navigate into Contents, where you may see more package installers, or you may see an Archive.pax.gz file.
    • If you see the pax.gz file, double-click on it to decompress it and you'll find your .app file inside.
    • If you don't see the pax.gz file, you probably see other packages, so you'll have to repeat the first step and dig deeper.
  3. Drag and drop your app wherever you want to install it.
Of course, this process won't work for every program, but you may be surprised by how many it does work for!

[robg adds: I wouldn't recommend this process as a general rule; some of the parts that you bypass may be required for the app to function properly.]
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Install some programs without using installers
Authored by: bkitchman on Dec 02, '08 08:14:08AM

FYI: If you install files/apps without using you will be bypassing files written to disk that are used when repairing permissions.

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Install some programs without using installers
Authored by: larkost on Dec 02, '08 08:32:06AM

The "repair permissions" function only looks at a select subset of Apple-installed packages. So unless you are trying this trick with system update packages, this will not be a problem.

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Install some programs without using installers
Authored by: TheCrunge on Dec 02, '08 10:52:45AM

You will also be bypassing any scripts that might be included for pre- and post-flight install actions.

Another way to see what's being installed is launch the Installer, and go to File -> Show Files (or command-I).

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