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Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 17, '05 03:30:14PM

My Applications folder is 8 GB, a 30% increase would be 2.4 GB. Still it probably would not be worth the effort, maybe doing it for just a handful of the biggest apps might make sense.

However, for all those people worried about the eventual switch to MacIntels, it would probably be wise if not even right out necessary to do a new install on the MacIntels anyway.

I very much doubt that cloning will work (for that OS 10.4.6 would have to be a fat binary). Reinstalling the OS and then copying the Applications folder is something that might work, but I would not recommend it even now (cloning plus Archive and Install seems like a better solution).

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Authored by: clacz on Aug 17, '05 03:59:42PM

You wouldn't saved anywhere near 2.4 GB on a 8GB application folder. It would be 30% of the executable size, not the entire .app directory. In most applications the executable size in 1/2 to 1/10 the size or less of the entire .app directory. You would probably save closer to 600MB rather then 2.4GB.

If you have games (Warcraft, Diablo ect) or applications like iDVD that have a huge amount of data in the .app package you might only reduce the size on those by a couple percent. iDVD takes 1.5GB, but the executable is only 3.5 MB. You might save 1.5 MB there, and maybe a little more on the frameworks, but those are small. That's about a 1% reduction in size.

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