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I'm running 10.6.8 and wondering where my Mac stores my install history -- I'm thinking everything from Ruby gems to full blown web apps. Does such a general file exist?

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Can you be more clear about what install history? Is it an application install history or what? – theAmateurProgrammer Nov 8 '11 at 13:30
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Look in /var/log for install.log and install.log.[something].bz2. install.log contains the most current logs; the other files are archives of successively older log files, made whenever each one reached a maximum size.

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This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you. – Jeff Severns Guntzel Nov 8 '11 at 15:27

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