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Size of system folder, after 10.6 upgrade


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I just picked up a copy of Snow Leopard for my 20" iMac. After the update I checked my system folder and it is 4.5 gb. I did not check before the update, is that a normal size for the system folder? It seems really large to me. All my programs are kept in the Applications folder, it's 23 gb.
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I gained a bunch of drive space in my Leopard to Snow Leopard upgrade.

I did NOT, however, do a standard upgrade, I did custom and ditched a bunch of stuff.


mikeMbp:/ mike$ sudo du -sch System/
Password:
2.1G System/
2.1G total
mikeMbp:/ mike$

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It depends on what you have one your mac....I have a relatively small applications folder (3.5GB), and my system folder is 3.86GB due to me only having a few supporting items related to applications which belong in there.
Off memory they are files/components that are related to iLife, but I am sure that if I had a good scan through that I would find supporting items for many applications in there.
The original size of the system folder on a clean install would still have been around the 3.5GB size.
Having so many applications on your system, 4.5GB sounds about right.

After a quick scan.... frameworks 1.66GB, private frameworks 489mb, Fonts 212mb, core services 165mb.
So that's around 2.5GB just in 4 of the larger folders.
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10.6.1 - sys folder = 4.28GB (base 10, not base 2).
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Can you start from scratch with the Snow Leopard disc?
Or is it a step upgrade, install Leopard and then Snow?
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Leopard 10.5.8 System Folder 4.33GB for 80,458 items
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I almost did a clean install for Snow Leopard. But, I started thinking that I may lose some of the programs that I use that came with my iMac, like iDVD and iWeb.

Is it true, since I only got the $25 single user Snow Leopard, (not the box set on for $170) that it would not load the iLife stuff like iDVD and iWeb with a clean/new full install?
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True.
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