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Monday June 23, 2003
10:11 PM

Can't launch the .pkg for new iChat

[ #13024 ]
What's with this? The .dmg disc image file for the new iChat beta generates a .pkg installer for the new version, but when I open it the thing just flickers in the dock before going away without having done anything. If I tail the logs in, I see

2003-06-23 23:04:11.366 Installer[7012] Unable to load nib file: PagedInstaller.nib, exiting

I don't get it. There's no .nib files inside the .pkg directory, but I'd think that if there should be it would be part of the distribution, and apparently other people have been able to get the thing installed. Is this somewhere else on my computer then? It's not in either of my personal ~/Library or the system-wide /Library or /System/Library directories. Google has no idea what a "pagedinstaller" is, and neither do I.

Has anyone else seen a bug like this?

Workaround found: Based on a discussion at, I found out that /usr/sbin/installer (see man installer) provides a command line interface:

% sudo installer -pkg ~/Desktop/iChatAVBeta.pkg -target /
installer: Package name is iChat AV Public Beta
installer: Installing onto volume mounted at /.
installer: The install was successful.

Not that that resolves the original question, but now [a] iChat is upgraded, and [b] I have a more "natural" (to me) way to install .pkg applications. So I'm mostly happy now...

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