View Full Version : Reinstalling lost applications

09-10-2004, 12:14 AM
As those who have been following the saga will know, Pearl the iBook had a conniption fit the other day (not her fault, poor thing), and had to be zeroed and reinstalled.

Fortunately, I was backed up (by drag and drop, which somehow ended up with a few, the only absolutely essential files, missing! I'm now using Déjà Vu (http://tc.versiontracker.com/product/redir/kind/0/db/mac/id/16206/), and I recommend it strongly), so by reinstalling from my Panther disks, and copying over the disk images for my apps, I thought I was out of the woods.

But no, those are headlights at the end of the tunnel!

I went to use AppleWorks today, and – it wasn't there!

There may not be many people who forget that AppleWorks and other applications do not come with your OSX disks, but come with the Restore CDs you get when you buy your computer – but I'm one of them. Terrific, I thought, but it just means a few more installs, and after all, what would I need this time and this computer for, anyway? A life? Where's the installer ...?

Restore CDs only reveal an installer for the Restore program. I installed this, and tried to run it, and it would always quit with an error 1.

I tried using Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/), a wonderful app. which will get inside any package file (.pkg) and extract anything you want. The current version doesn't get around the Restore structure, but I was fortunate enough to get some help from the developer, who says the upcoming version of Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) will have that capability.

Having just used it, and comprehensively saved my bacon, I cannot recommend Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) strongly enough. The current version is amazingly useful for custom installs, and an upcoming version that gets inside Restore CDs? Fantastic!

Pacifist displays the list of disk images inside the Restore structure. The Appleworks disk image is right at the top. I select it, click Install, and Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) does it all for me.

I had tried everything to get inside that Restore structure, so I think Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) is even better value for money than it was before.

I'd better end my rave, here, before everybody's eyes fall off from reading, but it's been such a relief to have more control over these ubiquitous and normally choiceless Restore CDs.

from Clytie, happily watching the install process...

09-10-2004, 06:23 AM
[Not a help request, moving to OSXperiences]