I recently installed an open source game. The file type is .pkg .

Now, during installation the installer asked for permission to access the system UI server. I didn't knew the reason behind it so I googled it up and before I could deny it the dialogue box asking for the permission has disappeared.

The installation was successful. But, I don't know where did the installer installed the game I tried every app cleaner to find the installed file but couldn't find it, it's not even in the applications folder.

So my question is; is there any way to get a log of all the recently installed files and their respective folder paths and source directories, so that I can find it and delete it?

  • Which OS are you using? – Allan Dec 10 '18 at 20:22
  • macOS and the game is a tycoon themed transportation management game – Sayan Dec 10 '18 at 20:24
  • Which one? El Capitan? High Sierra? Mojave? – Allan Dec 10 '18 at 20:24
  • Mojave; I have included that in the tag, it's Mojave thus macOS is asking for each and every permission – Sayan Dec 10 '18 at 20:25
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    You could examine the installer package with something like "Suspicious Package" mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage – Redarm Dec 10 '18 at 22:02

Installers that ask for your login password can put a lot of crap in your filesystem.

You could create a user account in the future with standard credentials, not admin, purely for games. This maintains a separation and improves security.

But for now let's explore a bit.

To see the files created after a specific date, like when you installed the game, use find from a Terminal like

find / -type f -newerct 2018-01-01

Or whatever date you want. You can find files of a certain size, whatever, find is powerful but slow. It will, however check the entire filesystem if necessary. Replacing the slash with the tilde (~) constrains searches to your home folder. Some searches need to be run with sudo. Try man find from a Terminal.

You should also set up folder actions. on key folders. I do this on all of my machines via right click on

/Library/LaunchAgents /System/Library/LaunchAgents /Users/username/Library/LaunchAgents

To be alerted if installers drop files there in the future. There are corresponding LaunchDaemon folders alongside them.

When running a legitimate package .pkg installer you can generally do a Get Info (⌘I) to see a list of what will be installed.

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  • after the search accomplishes how am I supposed to search for game related files installed previously among the thousand other search results the command outputs – Sayan Dec 11 '18 at 16:38
  • Well you know it isn't easy, what you want to do. There's ways to check filesystem changes that happen after a point easier than what was created in the past. Going forward this is best planned out. If you remember the install date you search a range of times like an hour or two, plenty of find tutorials out there. – geoO Dec 11 '18 at 16:44

I do not know about Mojave but on High Sierra keeps good record of Installed Applications.

Go to About this Mac > System Report

scroll down to Software ad click on Applications

if you found it select it and it will show you where it is

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  • It's not in the application menu but when I selected the installations menu it showed the file but not it's path – Sayan Dec 11 '18 at 10:48
  • Are we talking about Online PC game ? – Ruskes Dec 11 '18 at 16:59
  • Nope it's not an online pc game – Sayan Dec 12 '18 at 4:06
  • give me the link so I can check it out – Ruskes Dec 12 '18 at 4:23

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