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Find files created or modified by an installer
Authored by: mm2270 on Jan 05, '10 07:26:10PM
Two comments about this-

1) If you're running a .pkg or .mpkg based installer, as mentioned above, simply use the Show Files command once the installer has launched to get a good idea of what will be installed and where.

2) If you're dealing with a non package installer, download a free copy of LANRev InstallEase and do a before and after snapshot and will present you with a nice hierarchical list of what got installed and/or modified.

One thing to keep in mind with snapshot capture tools like InstallEase though, is that these utilities have no way of knowing if an installer placed or changed a file on the system or if another running app did. It just does a diff and comes up with a list. For ex, Safari cache and pref files, Finder and dock prefs, files in /tmp and other stuff may end up showing up. A little common sense can help you weed those out of the mix though. In my experience with pkg creation from non-pkg installers, I've rarely see an installer change anything under the /Users/YourHomeFolder location. Most of the time a running app will be the one making changes there, such as Mail or an Entourage db changing size.

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