I'm nearly out of space and
~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand is taking up 1.5 GB and GarageBand.app is taking up 381 MB of my hard disk space.
Can I simply remove the app itself and this folder to remove it from my system?
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Yup, if you no longer want it on your system, those are the two biggest offenders in terms of size. To be completely thorough, have a look through ~/Library/Preferences/ for the .plist file and trash that too.
If you're on a purge, it may be worth looking at iMovie/iDVD too if you don't use those.
Yes, you can remove
~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand from your system. In case you are wondering if other files related to GarageBand are remaining, you can get a listing of all files installed by GarageBand by issuing the following command:
$ lsbom /Library/Receipts/boms/com.apple.pkg.GarageBand51.bom
lsbom provides access to the package receipt giving full details of what was installed and where.
Also check for preference .plist files in:
$ ls -l ~/Library/Preferences/*garage*
Hope this helps.
If you are like me wanting to move GarageBand elsewhere such as a backup harddrive then
$ mkdir -p /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Library/Application\ Support/ $ mv ~/Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand/ /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Library/Application\ Support/ $ mkdir /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Applications/ $ mv /Applications/GarageBand.app /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Applications/
then if you want to get the Garageband back when you have a larger harddrive, you do the inverse
$ mv /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand/ ~/Library/Application\ Support/ $ mv /Volumes/DEVELOPMENT/BACKUP/Applications/GarageBand.app /Applications/
You need to run some commands as
$ sudo mv....
Yup, no issues, one of the first things I did when I got my Mac.
There may be some plists stored elsewhere, but they will be small in comparison to all the instruments, songs and samples in the Application Support directory.