Apple says to Archive and Install Leopard

Apple says to Archive and Install Leopard

Summary: After reports of problem installations of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard over the weekend, Apple posted a technical note advising customers to reinstall the software using the Archive and Install option.

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Apple says to Archive and Install for LeopardAfter reports of problem installations of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard over the weekend, Apple posted a technical note with a fix and advising customers to reinstall the software using the Archive and Install option.

According to the document, some users found that after completing an upgrade installation of Leopard and restarting the computer, a "blue screen" appeared for an "extended period of time." The company blamed "third-party 'enhancement' software installed that does not work with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."

The primary fix is to reinstall Leopard with the Archive and Install option.

Apple also offered a terminal process:

Try this solution if you are comfortable using Terminal and have certain application enhancement installed. The software may be removed following the below steps:

Start up in single-user mode by holding Command-S after restarting the computer. Execute these commands, each on a single line:

/sbin/fsck -fy / /sbin/mount -uw /

Execute these commands, each on a single line. Important: Type each command carefully, misuse of the rm command may damage other files. rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/Application\ Enhancer.prefpane rm -rf /Library/Frameworks/ApplicationEnhancer.framework rm -rf /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/ApplicationEnhancer.bundle rm -rf /Library/Preferences/com.unsanity.ape.plist Restart normally. If the issue persists, use solution 1 above instead.

By my reckoning, that amounts to a reccomendation by Apple (and I'm sure they would disagree). Now, Archive and Install is the recommended choice of many longtime Mac professionals, including the Apple Core's own Jason O'Grady.

Here are some of our recent Apple Core articles about things to consider before you install Leopard:

Mac OS X Leopard installation as a spiritual practice

Leopard pounces, don’t get mauled

Leopard’s beefier Spotlight may reconfigure Tiger indexes

Planning for a Leopard migration

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  • Is it Application Enhancer, or Tiger's RAID, or DivX? <NT>

    ...
    Scrat
    • Speaking strictly from my own experience

      App Enhancer was the culprit on one of my boxes. I have RAID and DivX on others and
      there was no issue. On the APE affected box, killing the box while "Blue Screened" and
      restarting the installation as Archive/Install worked perfectly for me (your mileage
      may vary). Everything was preserved.
      crash89
      • Same here

        Exactly the same issue here. Looks like the haxies broke bad with Leopard.
        frgough
    • Unsanity's Bulletin on APE and Leopard

      Here's the bulletin Unsanity circulated on Saturday regarding Application Enhancer and Mac OS X 10.5:
      __________________

      We wanted to send out some information to our mailing list subscribers about Mac OS X 10.5 and Unsanity's Application Enhancer.

      First and formost. *Before* you install Mac OS X 10.5, make sure you have Application Enhancer (APE) 2.0.3 or later installed. You can download it from http://www.unsanity.net/ape-203.dmg (the webpage is at http://unsanity.com/haxies/ape ).

      Make *sure* you have APE 2.0.3 or later installed *before* you install Mac OS X 10.5. If you have an earlier version of APE installed before you install 10.5, you may exhibit one of the following symptoms upon booting into Mac OS X 10.5:

      - Your goldfish may die.
      - A strange dog might bite you on the street.
      - A friend may punch you.
      - Your computer may catch fire.
      - Your loved one may leave you.

      All of these things are really bad. So we urge everyone to make sure they have APE 2.0.3 or later installed. If you aren't sure, install APE 2.0.3 or later from the link above. APE 2.0.3 was released on March 14th, 2007. And please, always keep your software up to date.

      A note about 10.5 and haxies:

      As long as you have APE 2.0.3, nothing bad will happen in 10.5. Well, nothing we can control. However, none of your APE Modules will work either.

      Developers in Apple's Mac OS X developer program (ADC) got the final 10.5 GM yesterday. We are still downloading the huge 6.66GB image and as soon as the downloads finish for our developers, we will be hard at work on making our software work on 10.5.

      You can keep up to date with the status of haxies and 10.5 by viewing http://unsanity.com/products/compatibility/ and we will post more information as we have it on our blog at http://unsanity.org/ . Mac OS X 10.5 compatibility is currently our number one priority.

      "If APE doesn't work in 10.5, shouldn't I just uninstall it?"

      No, you should not. Just make sure you have APE 2.0.3 or later. A lot of third party (and Unsanity made) utilities depend on the APE framework itself being there. As it has some extremely useful functions. Removing it may cause these Applications and/or preference panes to stop launching.

      For more information on Unsanity haxies, please visit:

      http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/

      ___________________
      slingzenarrowzuvowtrayjissforchin
      • What applications?

        "A lot of third party (and Unsanity made) utilities depend on the APE framework itself being there"...

        Anyone know what applications he's talking about?
        Resuna
  • I guess the iPhone DOES have full OSX!

    Right down to the inability to run third party applications!

    [i]The company blamed ???third-party ???enhancement??? software[/i]

    Hmm, I guess the Apple zealots were lying when they said that one of the Apple advantages is accountability. None of the "pass the buck" excuses you get in the Windows PC world! Oh, I guess Apple does try to blame everyone but their lousy OS for blue screens of death!

    snicker, snort :)
    NonZealot
    • from now on...

      i'm going to use my iphone to read your posts while i'm on the toilet. it's the only place i feel comfortable with your BS. ;)
      lostarchitect
      • and if it so happens to fall in the bowl...

        no harm, no foul, since it's worth as much as the stuff already in it.
        tikigawd
        • lol...

          that was hilarious.
          mindwarp311
        • He blanks DIAMONDS!?! Wow!

          Talk about your goose that lays the golden egg!!!

          Pagan jim
          Laff
    • Please turn your brain back on.

      Posting without thinking makes you look really stupid, so please turn your brain on before posting. If you had done so you would have realized that Apple was referring to one specific product, one that makes low level changes in running applications and allows third-party plugins to use them. I've had products that do similar things, such as antivirus software, cause problems on Windows that required a full clean reinstall.

      As it turns out it's only older versions of the product that caused the problem, but even if it was happening withe the latest version it would still not be a matter of Apple "passing the buck".
      Resuna
  • Windows Users Would Have Read The First Two Lines

    /sbin/fsck -fy /
    /sbin/mount -uw /

    And then their heads would have exploded from the overload.
    itanalyst
    • And that is a bad thing how?

      [b][/b]
      ego.sum.stig
    • re: exploding heads

      [i]Windows Users Would Have Read The First Two Lines

      /sbin/fsck -fy /
      /sbin/mount -uw /

      And then their heads would have exploded from the overload.
      [/i]

      Should that be necessary? Especially on an OS that is supposed to be so much easier to use than Windows.

      But nice job of turning that into a Windows bashing! You should be proud.
      Badgered
    • Funny how...

      when everything is goig kosher the Windows bashing comes because Mac OS is sooo much easier. Now that there are bumps on the road while installing this super duper easy OS the bashing comes because Windos users don't know what the nuts those lines mean.

      Well, check it out, I don't need to know anything about that because ummm... I don't own a Mac!

      But go ahead and feel better about yourself because you know how to mess with the computer you own. I'll follow your lead and keep thinking I'm The Shizznait because I can use a computer too.
      tikigawd
      • According to the article OSX is not easy to use from the step A. (NT)

        (NT)
        swampol
    • Windows Users dont have to...

      When I went to install Vista, I didn't need to do any DOS commands to get my OS to install, so how is the MAC OS so much easier? and WHY didn't this BUG get found out during all the testing of 10.5???
      eye4bear
      • Testing of 10.5 has just begun

        [i]WHY didn't this BUG get found out during all the testing of 10.5???[/i]

        OSX consumers pay $129 to beta test the next version of OSX.

        [url=http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1227] Support Forum Proof of Horrific Time Machine Bugs [/url]
        NonZealot
        • It's just an Apple plot...

          To annoy you.

          Perhaps you should ask yourself the deeper question as to why software has bugs. Either that, or get a job, get a Mac, get iLife :P
          ego.sum.stig
          • If Mac users love debugging then why Apple should pay for it? (NT)

            (NT)
            swampol