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Does anyone know why Adobe Reader requires a permissioned installer application, rather that simply existing as a self contained macOS application bundle?

What system level configurations is the installer making changes to, and why does Adobe feel they are needed for a simple PDF reader?

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    At the very least it registers the auto-update service. As far as "why," nobody but Adobe can answer that. – tubedogg Oct 4 '16 at 18:51
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The Acrobat Reader installer not only installs the application itself into /Applications but contains a bunch of other packages which need to get installed into other places (e.g. browser plugins). These things can't get installed by just using a simple application bundle (at least not as easily).

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    It would be nice if homebrew (or some other package manager) could script the installer to just extract the reader and ignore the plugins and the updater. – WildGunman Oct 5 '16 at 4:03
  • @patrix By the way - which program did you use to inspect the package? It sound very useful. – Rainer Oct 6 '16 at 11:29
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    @Rainer The application is called Pacifist – nohillside Oct 6 '16 at 11:39
  • I've used Pacifist before to extract components and drivers from old OSX images. It's pretty great. – WildGunman Oct 6 '16 at 18:19

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