My applications have been abducted by aliens

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Not Available, Jul 12, 2009.

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    Well... not quite :) I was just wondering why some applications disappear or stop launching after deleting or ejecting the *.DMG. For example, Mozilla Firefox and Second Life do NOT disappear, even if you reboot your Mac/eject the *.DMG on the desktop/delete the *.DMG in the folder it was downloaded.

    But others, such as Transmission, disappear. It won't allow me to eject the *.DMG, if I delete the *.DMG the application won't launch anymore, and if I reboot, it does not show the application's icon in the dock anymore, unless I launch it, in which case, it takes a few seconds to find the *.DMG.

    Any explanation will be much appreciated, thanks in advance!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    #2
    You did not actually install the app, you are merely running it from the dmg. If you delete the dmg, you've deleted the app.
     
  3. Not Available thread starter Guest

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    And how do I install the app? Don't I double-click it? Because that's what I did, EXCEPT for the fact that I didn't "download" it ("Save as..." in Firefox), but simply ran it ("Open with... "). But that's what I did for many other apps. Why don't these ones want to work?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    You need to drag the app from the dmg to your apps folder.

    Read this: http://guides.macrumors.com/Installing_Applications_in_Mac_OS_X
     
  5. Not Available thread starter Guest

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    Oh, thanks a lot. I thought I've only got to copy the application into its folder if I'm prompted.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    #6
    Nope, that is how you install apps.
     

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