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Keeping APPS in OS X perm. BACKED UP

Posted on 2007-11-16
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Since many of my apps were "copy this *icon* to the
apps dir," i'm confused as to how to store them on my external USB
HDD without the .dmg's. How would one go about doing this?

I'd like to have a permenant archive of the apps.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 200 total points
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OK .. 90% of Apple Applications can be backed up by simply dragging the .app file to an external hard disk.
To restore just drag them back.

However a few things to be aware of
Preferences, Serial Codes etc as usually saved in files located in the users Library or System/Library folder
These can include
Application Data and Caches and Preferences
If you want to restore the program EXACTLY as it was then you'll need to back up any of these also.  Some of the files such as password, serial files can be hidden or encoded to work only for a specific user or computer.

A useful little tool is AppZapper - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20306
This will show you SOME of the files associated with a particular application
or for a more accurate list you can use
CleanApp - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/21453/cleanapp

If you use Yank (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20392/yank) or Uninstaller (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10051/uninstaller) they will track any new programs you install and allow you to see/find all associated files.

For the other 10% of applications such as iLife, Adobe Creative Suite and others they are MUCH harder to backup.  They install plug-ins or codecs and other files all over the place, system folder, user folder, applications folder ... etc. etc. etc..  These are virtually impossible to backup, it is easier to keep the installer and serial codes and re-install. Or take a full system backup to a disk image in case of emergencies with a program such as SuperDuper! - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/13803/superduper%21
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by:Trilokavijaya
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This is about Yank. I'm trying to install apps with the demo, and everytime i get an authentication error. The error reads: "Sorry, something went wrong when i tried to ask your computer for authorization to listen to your file system. Please try again."

I get this for custom installs as well.
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YANK needs to run with Administrator permissions. Are you logged in as a user with full Admin permissions?
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