Bug 115779 - [MacOS] Need a way to choose NetBeans installation folder
Summary: [MacOS] Need a way to choose NetBeans installation folder
Alias: None
Product: installer
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Mac Native (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS X
: P3 blocker with 2 votes (vote)
Assignee: Libor Fischmeistr
: 116194 117545 132091 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-09-18 05:05 UTC by hperkins
Modified: 2014-02-10 14:16 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description hperkins 2007-09-18 05:05:06 UTC
The installer on the netbeans-6.0beta1-javase-macosx.dmg disk image always puts the netbeans application in the /Applications folder on OS X 10.4.10 
(PPC).  There ought to be a way to specify or select the destination folder.  (In my case, I'd like to install Netbeans in /Developer/Applications along with other 
development tools.)  Thanks.
Comment 1 Karthikeyan Rajeswaran 2007-09-20 17:29:24 UTC
*** Issue 116194 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 2 Karthikeyan Rajeswaran 2007-09-20 17:31:00 UTC
From http://wiki.netbeans.org/wiki/view/NB6MacInstallers :

Apple Software Delivery Guide recommends two ways

    * Put an application bundle in the disk image. The users "installs" the software by dragging and dropping the app
icon onto the Desktop or onto /Applications folder or anywhere they desire. This is very simple but the drawback is we
cannot use pack200 compression because no code is run during this process. The download size would increase very

    * Create an installer package for the software we want to install. An installer package is run by Mac Installer.
There is certain flexibility but usually Mac installer packages just use hard-coded installation locations
(/Applications folder for desktop apps like NetBeans) and ask the user a minimum set of questions, basically only to
require the users to accept the license. Although pre-/post-installation code can be run it has limited ability to ask
users for additional information via custom UI. 

NetBeans 6.0 for Mac will be delivered as an installer package. 
Comment 3 hperkins 2007-09-21 06:51:19 UTC
Many mac installers allow the user to select an installation folder, although there also are many that automatically use /Applications.  Developer tools like 
netbeans are not generic consumer applications like iTunes or Microsoft Word, and there is no particular reason to assume that developers want to put them 
in /Applications instead of some other folder.  Since it is definitely possible for an installer to allow a user to select the installation folder, it would be good for 
netbeans to allow this.

At a very minimum, the installation instructions should describe whether it is safe to move the installed application elsewhere if there is no time to fix the 
installer at this point.
Comment 4 deeptinker 2007-09-30 00:03:19 UTC
There are other implications of the installers as currently delivered for Mac OS.  

- Can't select the version of Java to use for any of the installers.

- Can't specify the default port for GF or TC.

- Can't specify the administrative userid or password for GF.

- If a newer TC is installed (from e.g. build 20070926) NB still defaults to the older one in /Applications/NetBeans.

To me, it seems that the original reason for having installers for GF, TC, and OpenESB was to "pre-connect" the
additional modules to NB.  Would it be easier to simply have pre-built applications for NB, GF, and TC that the user
could drag copy to desired locations?  Then let the user link them up on first use?

Comment 5 Ivan Sidorkin 2007-10-03 13:26:07 UTC
*** Issue 117545 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 6 janlolling 2007-10-24 10:15:37 UTC
The default install directory for any development tools in Mac OS X is /Developer and not /Application. It would be very
helpful to set /Developer as install root directory, because it is not easy to move NetBeans because a lot of path has
to be modified.
Comment 7 hperkins 2007-10-24 16:42:14 UTC
Isn't the default directory for developer tools /Developer/Applications?  That's where XCode lives, and would be a good default for Netbeans.  If, somhow, a 
user is trying to install Netbeans on a machine without the developer tools already installed, /Applications would be a likely fallback, if Netbeans is reluctant 
to create /Developer/Applications for some reason.
Comment 8 mcamou 2007-10-28 17:46:38 UTC
Also, Beta 2 installs in a different directory from Beta 1, which means that it's necessary afterwards to manually delete Beta 1. Also, whatever Apple's 
directives say, I prefer to keep all applications I've installed in /Applications/local  so they don't get mixed up with what comes with the OS.
Comment 9 Ivan Sidorkin 2007-11-02 11:24:55 UTC
by design
nothing will be changed for 6.0
Comment 10 Alexei Mokeev 2007-11-02 13:22:21 UTC
With current architecture it is impossible. But we have to reconsider it later. Reopening and changing the type.
Comment 11 mcamou 2007-11-02 13:26:10 UTC
In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, it is possible to choose the installation directory for any package install. Will this solve the issue? If not (i.e., if it MUST be installed 
under /Applications) there should be a warning somewhere to not move the install to anyplace else.
Comment 12 deeptinker 2007-11-20 13:00:06 UTC
No, Leopard is not the solution.  Yes, Leopard allows one to choose a different location for the install.  However, due
to the separate install pieces (why?) Open ESB refuses to install unless NB and GF are installed in the default locations. 
Comment 13 emi 2007-12-04 07:22:54 UTC
I'm going to vote for this issue, the problem being not only that I cannot change the path, but the fact that I need
*administrator* privileges to install NetBeans.

This is not only an unneeded security escalation, but if the administrator doesn't want to install NetBeans, the other
users are out of luck, no ?
Comment 14 dlipin 2008-04-04 16:19:02 UTC
*** Issue 132091 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 15 kwerle 2008-04-17 15:56:41 UTC
Leopard let me select the installation volume (disk) to be other than the default boot.  However, it limited my choices to boot volumes.  I wanted to install on a 
non-boot disk.

My workaround was to install it and then move it.  This begs the question: why isn't NetBeans just a disk image with the application on it so I can drag it 
anywhere I like.  Certainly seems like that would be a trivial solution...
Comment 16 Jiri Rechtacek 2012-10-07 12:59:00 UTC
Assigned to new owner.