how the hell do .dmgs work?

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    ok so i really dont get how a .dmg file works. i thought it was like an .exe, with which i can install applications. but no, when i double click on a .dmg, it like mounts the app as a separate drive, and when i eject that drive the app goes away, and next time i have to mount it again.

    i donwloaded aMSN just for fun, and this is exactly what happens. i thought dropping a .dmg file into the Applications folder would automatically install it, but no the .dmg file is simply moved into the App folder, and when i double click it's mount as a drive/image.

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  2. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    dmg is an image file. it mounts it. from there you drag the app out to your applications folder :)
     
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    :rofl: drag the containing app into your app folder
     
  5. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    think of a .dmg as a zip file...
    it holds what you need and that's about it...
    you need to take what's in it out...
     
  6. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    :uh: ok well that makes much more sense now. i thought a .dmg is like an executable that will unarchive and install itself. now i understand...
     
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    this is the first barrier of defense against noobs :o :hug:
     
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    man you avatar is FUCKED up.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i didn't know this until a friend told me about a month after i had my macbook, i was always mounting up firefox to open it...i felt dumb
     
  11. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    aha! i dont feel so bad anymore :)
     
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    dmg is easier then exe lol
     

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