Archive for August 15, 2012

Creating payload-free packages with pkgbuild

August 15, 2012 7 comments

One of the tools that Apple included with Lion and Mountain Lion is the command-line tool pkgbuild. This tool was designed to work by itself or in conjunction with another tool, productbuild, to build Apple installer packages.

pkgbuild has a number of options associated with it (see the man page for details on the available options) and the –nopayload option makes it very useful for building payload-free packages. This option tells pkgbuild that the package being built will be a payload-free package that contains only scripts. See below the jump for an example process.

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