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Authored by: bedouin on Aug 17, '05 10:22:35AM

Is that 30% inflation rate accurate?

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Authored by: aamann on Aug 17, '05 12:01:31PM

No, 30% is probably a very pessimistic guess - the additional size depends on the way the program was written and can be as low as only a few kB for several MB apps.

Also, you should probably keep in mind that this might break application updates - don't come screaming back claiming "update xxx broke my system/application" after you have been doing this - developers tend to assume (probably rightfully so!) that the user does not screw with the binary application/package!

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Only for the actual binaries
Authored by: llahsram on Aug 17, '05 12:44:08PM

Just to clarify: the only files that see an increase in size are the binaries inside the app bundle. Many of the files in a given app are images, .nib interface files, sounds, configuration, etc., and those won't increase.

The Safari bundle on my machine, for example, is 20 MB. But the actual binary in is only 1MB. If this were a Universal binary, this might go up to as much as 2MB -- but that's only a 5% increase (worst case) in the total application size.

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Authored by: adrianm on Aug 17, '05 03:38:41PM
Unlikely, the actual code bit is usually quite small. Even in the executable file, text, constants, symbols, etc are big; not to mention the images, help, text, video and other bloat that apps usually have.

I'll file this hint under Look at me! I read the ditto man page!

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