Re: Mathematica "Fresh Start" on a new computer?
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- Subject: [mg112836] Re: Mathematica "Fresh Start" on a new computer?
- From: Dan <dflatin at rcn.com>
- Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 05:46:31 -0400 (EDT)
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On Oct 1, 5:40 am, AES <sieg... at stanford.edu> wrote: > Moving to a newly purchased MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard OS, from an > much older MacBook with Leopard OS and probably a decade's worth of > remnants of older systems, unused apps, earlier software upgrades, > partially removed software, and other cruft. So: > > 1) Is there a simple way (a "deinstall" option) to remove _all_ traces > of Mathematica app and supporting files from older machine, before migrating to > the newer machine? (I don't mind losing any customizations I've done > or prefs I've set; and I'll save all my personal .nb notebooks > separately). > > 2) If not, then a way to find and remove all Mathematica-related files > manually? (.) > > 3) Since I have the Mathematica 7.0.1 CD and know the serial and license > numbers, I don't expect any trouble reinstalling it on the new machine > -- but just in case, are there any special de-authorizing or > re-authorizing steps required? (All the crap with Apple's iPod and iPad > authorization nonsense has me spooked.) One of the beauties of upgrading your hardware from a previous MacBook is that you can attach your old laptop to your new machine like an external hard disk. Just power down your old laptop, attach with a FireWire cable, and reboot holding the command-T keys down. Mac OS X goes one step further and provides a migration assistant to move all your applications, files, and settings over to the new machine. While I do not have a specific recipe for uninstalling Mathematica, I can recommend a very nice uninstaller tool: AppZapper. This program will seek out all the associated files, show you where they are, and, at your command, delete them for you. It is a well thought out application, recently recognized on DaringFireball.net. For what it is worth, though, I think the only directory of associated files aside from the Mathematica.app bundle itself is ~/Library/Mathematica. Dan