Universal Binaries

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vmachiel, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    Hi,

    I'm a little shy on disk space lately on my MBP. I found this program called clean my mac to help me clear op some space. I found that it wants to remove the universal binaries of my app, which i understand are the codes that allow them to run on a PPC as well as an intel machine.

    Now: Can i safely delete these files to make space? Has anyone done that I had any trouble?

    Thanks for your time:)
     
  2. dduggan macrumors newbie

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    I gave it a go once to see what would happen, and it didn't break anything that I was aware of...
     
  3. Biolizard macrumors 6502

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    From what I've read in the past stripping binaries of PPC code is generally ok, but some apps that update via installer such as Microsoft Office, and possibly Adobe stuff, will throw a fit if you ever try to patch them having removed the PPC part, so be judicious about which apps you do this to.
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Yep, 100% true for all of the previous versions. However the latest editions of these are Intel-only anyway, so it will only find help file languages that can be deleted for those programs. CleanMyMac works great for me, and I have Office 2011 and Adobe Master Collection CS5.0. One program that I found should not be cleaned (you can enable the ignore list feature to block yourself from messing up :) ) is World of Warcraft. I believe the repair tool still has some PPC code in it that prevents it from running after cleaning.
     
  5. vmachiel thread starter macrumors 68000

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I would exercise caution, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere about CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much. You're really better off moving some user files to an external drive, if you can. I've not heard of the same kinds of problems with Monolingual, but even with that, you should exercise care that you don't delete something you shouldn't.
     

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