[OS X TeX] iinstaller packages are not documents

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Mar 4 13:42:16 EST 2005

On 3/4/05 12:23 PM, "Joachim Kock" <jkock at ya.com> wrote:

> 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.


If you've got a broadband connection then thinning the i-packages after
downloading, etc., is what I do. Of course, if you're going to want to keep
an older version around, just in case, you can't do that. I've got all my
packages thinned to 1MB.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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