Track installation of a .pkg installer

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zrbecker, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. zrbecker macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Some programs install using a .pkg installer that require and administrator user to install. I was wondering if there was a way to determine where these installers are putting files.

  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Run the pkg.

    At the first install screen in the menu bar click File --> Show Files (Command + I).

    Another useful thing to do is look at the install log.

    Window --> Installer Log (Command + L)

    To determine where it puts files after the fact (the pkg is still relevant, but you may not have it anymore).

    Use the lsbom command. An example:
    lsbom -f /var/db/receipts/
    Package receipts are stored in /var/db/receipts (in 10.6).

    Apple has changed the receipts location a number of times and the format and location can depend on when the package was created. You may need to look in /Library/Receipts/
  3. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Or better yet, check out Fseventer. It's free and works great

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