[OS X TeX] iinstaller packages are not documents

Joachim Kock jkock at ya.com
Fri Mar 4 13:23:16 EST 2005

Hello Gerben and iInstaller users,

Just one quirk in the iInstaller: the default download location is
~/Documents.  I am happy that there is now an option for changing
this location, but I think the choice of default is really bad.  The 
Documents folder is for your personal documents, where you 
put the files you have produced yourself through hard work, the files 
that are most precious and that you cannot just download from twenty
different mirrors around the world, and for this reason also the
files you back up most frequently.  It is really not the place for
10 or 50 Mb of installers -- in a sense these left-over installers
are just junk, because most likely you will not need them again; at 
most it can be considered a backup of the installation, but there are 
certainly better places for backup-like heavyweight like these.  
The appropriate place would be either on the Desktop (which is the
typical download folder), where you will quickly notice it and file 
it where you want, or trash it if you want.  Or otherwise perhaps in
the Application Support folder.

Compare: when you download a new version of StuffIt Expander or
Mozilla, and you unpack and install the programm,  what do you do
with the installer?  do you dump it at the top level of your
Documents folder?

My personal opinion does not have much weight, so it would be 
useful to hear if others have any comments on this issue.

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