macOS (un)installer

Aaron Batty abatty at
Thu Apr 12 01:59:34 UTC 2018


Interesting stuff! That will be very useful.

The semester just started here in Japan, so I haven't had time to put the
new version through its paces yet. I'll let you know if/when I do and
if/when I run into problems.

Thanks as always for your amazing work on this.


On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 9:08 AM, meik michalke <
meik.michalke at> wrote:

> hi,
> i've been busy working on an uninstaller for macOS for the past few days.
> mac
> users usually just drag an unwanted app to trash and then it's gone, but
> since
> we install almost everything to /opt/rkward, removing the small app isn't
> going to get you very far. good news is that the new KF5 bundle uses less
> than
> half the disk space the old KDE 4 version needed (~1150MB vs. ~2500MB), and
> shrinking that further is something to look into for the next point
> release.
> but i thought, when a user wants to uninstall RKWard, that should also free
> the ~gig of disk space without the need to tinker with the terminal. so now
> there's two uninstall methods:
>  - if you drag the RKWard app to trash, the uninstaller is triggered
>    automatically and asks you whether you would also like to remove /opt/
>    rkward
>  - in case that fails or you would like to manually invoke the uninstaller,
>    there's also an app called "RKWard_uninstall" in the user's
> ~/Applications
>    directory
> both are based on the same script that is generated during installation, so
> the paths should always match the actual installation (which is currently a
> superfluous feature, see below). the main difference is that the manual
> uninstaller also takes care of the RKWard app.
> all of the uninstaller magic is implemented in the postinstall file that is
> run right after bundle installation, so native MacPorts installations will
> not
> be affected at all.
> while i was trying to figure this out, this led to various small but
> noticeable improvements in the bundle package:
>  - there's no more RKWard directory in /Applications, instead the RKWard
> app
>    is being installed as a single app -- easier to find and less confusing,
>    a lot of users probably wondered what they needed pinentry-mac or Qt
>    designer for (those are all gone now)
>  - for the moment the installer prohibits you from installing anywhere else
>    than the system volume (thereby preventing unusable installations)
>  - the installer received a proper branding with RKWard logo 8-)
> all of this is done by a new feature of the bundle script, manipulating
> already packaged bundles. i.e., this won't affect MacPorts installations
> neither.
> so far we haven't received any reports from mac users on the bundle we
> released a few days ago for testing. in addition to that, i've just
> uploaded a
> new one including all of the above changes for internal testing. it would
> be
> awesome if someone could give it a try:
> binary-0.7.0pre2_OSX10.11_KF5-5.42.0_needs_CRAN_R-3.4.4.pkg
> viele grüße :: m.eik
> --
>   dipl. psych. meik michalke
>   institut f"ur experimentelle psychologie
>   abt. f"ur diagnostik und differentielle psychologie
>   heinrich-heine-universit"at d-40204 d"usseldorf
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