Is it OK to delete Mail.app and friends?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by yotd, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. yotd macrumors member

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    I have a laptop which I've decided I want to use for certain things (coding mostly) and leaving the 'fun' things for my mac Mini. I want to maximise disk space on my MBP. As such, I have deleted iTunes and the iLife applications. As I access all my PIM stuff through the web, I had considered deleting iCal and Mail also, as I will never use them.

    I know that I can install iLife again if I need it. I'm not so sure about Mail and iCal. Is it safe to delete these? Could I get them back without a full OS reinstall?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You can use Pacifist to install individual apps. But really how much disk space are you going to save?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Only about 6MB on Mail and 5MB on iCal. Hardly worth the effort.
     
  4. yotd thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I'll look into that.

    At the least I'd save 128 MB. Not a massive amount I suppose. I'm just mindful of disk space.
     
  5. yotd thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not quibbling, but finder reports 51 MB for iCal and 77 for Mail.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    How did you come to those figures? My Mail.app is 77.3 MB and iCal.app is 51.5 MB.

    Edit: Too slow!
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Most likely something like monolingual has been used to remove extra languages. Each language in my Mail.app adds 2Mb or so...
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm guessing because I use Monolingual to remove all the unused language support. Some like it and some don't, but it's saved me over 1GB of space without removing any software.
     
  9. yotd thread starter macrumors member

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    Well that's a useful tip!
     

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