So after downloading lots of applications on my Mac in the past, I decided to get rid of some of these applications － and this is where I met some of the greatest hassles of using OS X, the processes of fully deleting an application, system maintenance and system control.
Normally I’d just delete an application by dragging the application icon to the trash bin and releasing it. Unfortunately this leaves lots of leftover files behind, which totally pisses me off, cause there is no way to make entirely sure that an application is completely removed from a system running OS X. I could do some manual system searches or I could use some third party app-remover, but even these methods can fail. And this have turned out to multiple problems inside a problem.
Since discovering the amount of leftovers an application leaves, I’ve been trying to find applications I’ve previously installed by the drag-and-drop method, so that I could find those previous applications and fully remove them. I’ve found some of these. Not all of them though. Is there any log file or terminal commands etc. that can reveal all applications, software and extensions downloaded to the system?
I’ve now ended up with even more problems. I might be a bit paranoid, but I fear that I might have deleted some system- or OS related file. Solutions to this problem might be a log file or terminal commands that reveals all items that’ve been either in the trash or deleted. Another solution could be a third party application that can tell if some OS X file is missing. Any suggestions?
Now let us take this to next level. Cause not only is it quite a hassle to remove applications on the system － the system itself becomes a hassle. I’ve noticed that when updating/upgrading the OS on a Mac, the old OS files remain on the system. Meaning that with years passing by, you might end up with loads of unusable outdated OS files. Any clues to a solution?
So as you can see there is quite a lot of hassle in this area of the Mac, and I’ve lately thought of just wipping the hard drive and reinstalling the latest softwareupdates. Though this isn’t really a great solution as all of these problems would reappear at a later stage. Also I don't think it's possible to 100 % wipe a hard drive. And I don’t wanna turn my Mac into a “raw Mac” only running Apple software. So I was thinking that some of you geeks and Mac-knowers might be able to help me out on this one. Thanks in advance.