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How to Capture Debug Output for macOS ? or OS X ?Based Installers

How to Capture Debug Output for macOS ? or OS X ?Based Installers

Summary

Information on capturing debug output for macOS or OS X-based installers.

Synopsis

This article provides information on how to capture debug output for macOS or OS X?based installers.

Discussion

InstallAnywhere-generated installers use the standard output layers on macOS or OS X target systems to display output. To gather debugging output from a macOS or OS X?based installer, launch Console.app (found in /Applications/Utilities). To retain this information, cut and paste information from the console window to a file.

If you do not see debug output from an installer, check the Info.plist file inside the installer. To do this, press Control while clicking the installer (or right-click the installer) and then click Show Package Contents. Inside the Contents folder, you will see an XML file named Info.plist. You?ll need to change the contents of the file. Initially, it contains the following:
<key>lax.stderr.redirect</key>
<string></string>
<key>lax.stdout.redirect</key>
<string></string>
Change the file to this:
<key>lax.stderr.redirect</key>
<string>console</string>
<key>lax.stdout.redirect</key>
<string>console</string>
When you relaunch the installer, the installer output should be now listed in Console.app.
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