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10.4: Run multiple queued Apple installers
Authored by: mike666 on May 23, '05 02:12:34PM
Yep, this was a much welcome feature added to Installer.app with Panther.

What's even cooler is that instead of saving all the packages you need, you can just do the big ones - Mac OS Combo updates, QuickTime, Java, etc. Get those started in Installer, and then launch Software Updates and have it do all the piddly stuff - security updates, minor app updates, etc. while Installer is running. This way you still save the majority of your bandwidth but you don't have to confirm and select destinations for a bunch of Installer packages.

I know it's not that big a deal right now since there are currently only a few updates for Tiger but if you're updating 10.3 all the way up to 10.3.9 you don't really want to have to do all those manually; because of package dependencies, you also have to group your multiple installs into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. with reboots in between each group. Much easier to just do the few big ones and let the rest finish automagically.

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