The Do's and Don'ts of Shareware, Part 2
Subject:   I hate installers
Date:   2002-10-09 15:35:50
From:   sanford
Response to: I hate installers

If I had a nickel for every user that asked me how to install software or its update, I'd be a millionaire. Well, maybe. Installers are simple easier to support than other mechanisms.

Installers for MacOS don't generally ask a whole lot of questions. As well they shouldn't.

Problems arise on MacOS X when some modules are just plain hard to get into the right place. Some software needs to be installed as root, some software needs to be installed within a host application's bundle/folder (plug-ins for Eudora and Palm Desktop come to mind), etc.

Although programmers should try to avoid writing software that requires the above, sometimes they can't. And for these cases, an Installer really is ideal.


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