View Full Version : Need help on packagemaker

Oct 19, 2009, 09:20 AM
Hi All,

I am a newbie to the Mac World.
I got a task of creating a package with packagemaker.

some of the files and folders are part of payload of the package. Also the user has to download a zip file which contains some more files and folders.

My job is to install the components as well as the files and folders in the zip file.

I tried writing a postinstall script (shell script) for one of the component/content to copy those files to the location where the other files will get installed.

Can you help me. I am not sure whether the postinstall script is working or not, as i cannot see anything in console.

Oct 19, 2009, 12:50 PM
Maybe it is not what you want but I often use tar command to pack the software, files and catalogs. Very handy way of packing files together.

To unpack it the user may use a tar command or just click on the tarbal zipped file.

Here is the command in the Terminal, I assume that all what you need to pack is under the MinApp.app catalog.

Your_-imac:user$ tar -czvf MinApp.tar.gz MinApp.app/

To unpack it on the command line you do following:

Your_-imac:user$ tar -xzvf MinApp.tar.gz


Oct 19, 2009, 11:43 PM
its not the question of untaring the zip files.

Its the question of how add a script (shell script) to my product.pkg to copy the files which are available in the zip

say i have /Downloads/dload.tar

untar dload.tar
next copy the contents to the location where the other files of my product are available.
and change the permissions.

I have written shell script to do the above.
But this script is not working as part of preflight/postinstall.

Oct 20, 2009, 06:00 AM
Sorry that I missunderstood your question.