Where are the kexts from 3rd party apps ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dragonforce, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a

    Dragonforce

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    #1
    To be prepared for SL, I would like to see if I have 3rd party kernel extensions and if its safe for me to boot in K64 mode.

    I've been looking at

    /system/library/extensions (full of kexts, but it looks like they're all from Apple)
    /library/extensions (folder exists, but empty)
    /user/library/extensions (folder doesn't exist)

    I assume that I don't have any 3rd party extensions, unless those apps put them in system/library/extensions (are they even allowed to do so?)

    Any ideas ?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Yes, applications can request authentication in order to place kernel extensions in /System/Library/Extensions. I know that both Parallels and VirtualBox do this.
     
  3. Dragonforce thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dragonforce

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    Mmmmh, thats pretty uncool...
    What would be the easiest way to find out which kexts in my current system are not from Apple or are installed by 3rd party apps ?
     
  4. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Usually the kexts that are from other programs use names that refer to the program. Seems to be the case at least for USB Overdrive, Little Snitch and Wacom tablet driver.
     

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