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comment Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?
A helpful explanation of migration options: pondini.org/OSX/SetupLion.html explains that when transferring User Accounts, unlike e.g. one's Documents folder which is listed with a check box, "the user’s Library folder, which isn’t listed...and all of its contents, will be transferred along with the user account automatically." My new system user library contains folders and files for the applications from the source system which I have not yet installed. That might be a source of some of this unexpected behavior.
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comment Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?
This is very helpful alisamii. I never found explanation from Apple, but I guess it's like many things: once you understand it, it's intuitively obvious. Anyway I accept your answer & thank you. I'm still trying to figure whether settings were copied to reference an attached drive or if Mtn Lion just hunts & finds an app if it isn't installed locally. I'll understand this eventually I'm sure.
Dec
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comment Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?
Okay, more searching thru wikipedia & apple.com discussions suggests to me that probably there exists no documentation for what specific items migration assistant moves. I was guessing 'settings' included network settings which are great not to have to redo. Plus several of my apps seemed to have retained their license keys when I reinstalled them--that was quite helpful to. Not sure if that might have been transferred due to selecting 'users' or 'settings'. I saw several folks complaining about lack of documentation.
Dec
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comment Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?
The answer sounds reasonable, but is there anywhere documentation of what migration assistant does in response to different options selected? e.g. migration from another system vs. external drive (which I chose)? Migrate users vs. settings or both? Documentation of how one might transfer user account, passwords, network settings, etc. without 'corrupted preferences?' Seems like migration assistant users would probably never want links back to the source disk, system, or whatever.
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comment Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?
@bneely Thanks, your assistance is capital!
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