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Ryan Marcus

AppZapper does'nt get everything.

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I'm a mac software devloper, and I tried AppZapper with one of my applications, and it did not find all of the preference files that my application creates. I tried serveral others as well, and it found some, but not all, of the preference files.

 

Some of the preference files even have the application that created the files name in it

 

But AppZapper still failed to find all of the files...

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That's true, I noticed that on Garageband - it left the 3 Gig of files in /Library totally untouched.

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I just realized I never actualy mentioned the solution I was thinking of in my top post...

 

Whenever I need to uninstall a program, I use locate. Its a search tool that can be used from the command line. Its much, much, much faster then spotlight (mdfind) and it serachs folders spotlight does'nt.

 

1) First, you need to build the locate database... In a shell, run this:

sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb

 

Or, use this applescript:

on run

do shell script "/usr/libexec/locate.updatedb" with administrator privileges

end run

 

2) When you want to find all of the files that belong to a program, use the locate command. I use iCal as an example here:

 

Last login: Sun Jan  8 13:29:56 on ttyp1

Welcome to Darwin!

Ryans-eMac:~ ryan$ locate iCal

 

Then, a list of file paths will begin to display... Very quickly. These are all the filepaths containing the term "iCal", and thus they are all the files (or atleast most) that are related to iCal.

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I usually just use Spotlight. It seems to find most of a program's files.

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I agree that AppZapper does not do the job completely.

 

I deleted an app and it found the plist. That's fine.

 

But it did find that the app was a log-in item. Had to change that manually.

 

Not so impressed!

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Spotlight won't search your libary folder, and its MUCH slower then locate. Spotlight will also find non-files..

 

spotlight searches my library folder.

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