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installers for Filemaker 11

Question asked by KCarter on Oct 13, 2010
Latest reply on Oct 14, 2010 by philmodjunk


installers for Filemaker 11 & updaters fail silently when Spotlight is curbed from /Applications


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

Mac OS X 10.6.4 (10F569)

Description of the issue

The script 'postflight' used by Filemaker installers and updaters fails silently on systems that don't utilize Spotlight or curb it from indexing the target /Applications directory.  The script depends on commands to 'mdfind' instead of something generally slower but more reliable like:
find /Applications -type d -name 'MacOS' -exec find {} -type f -maxdepth 1 -name 'File[Mm]aker*' \;
and then using that result to help check the version:
cat '/Applications/FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced/FileMaker Pro' | grep 'File[Mm]aker .*version'

Steps to reproduce the problem

Disable Spotlight on your startup disk or for your /Applications directory;
Run the FileMaker installer

Expected result

New or updated application files

Actual result

No new nor updated application files

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear


Configuration information

mdutil -s /
     Indexing and searching disabled.


copy installer from read-only disk image to read-write disk;
edit postflight script to prevent destruction of temporary directory & its files