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Archicad + Munki

It’s long been a source of frustration for me that CAD software usually doesn’t use the OS vendor’s provided installers and instead they roll their own. Vectorworks and Archicad, I’m looking at you.

When an application uses an app based installer, it’s often really difficult to import it into your deployment tool of choice, such as Munki.

I’ve battled on and off with Archicad for some time – and recently discovered that Robert Percival had written an Autopkg recipe for Archicad 19.

I took the postinstall script from it and added it to the Archicad 20 installer after importing it into Munki.

The only hitch that I’ve encountered is that it has to be run when someone’s logged in. If it runs at the loginwindow, then it hangs at the end of the installer. If someone (anyone!) is logged in, it seems to install OK and then briefly bounces the Archicad icon in the dock, display a spinner in the middle of the screen for a few seconds and then quit.

The script is:

darwin_major=`/usr/bin/uname -r | /usr/bin/cut -f 1 -d .`
if [ $darwin_major -gt 14 ]
        launchctl asuser 0 java -jar "$JAR" -silent -W play.auto=YES
        exit $?
        LWPID=`ps axww | grep loginwindow | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1}'`
        launchctl bsexec $LWPID java -jar "$JAR" -W play.auto=YES -silent
    exit $?

2 thoughts on “Archicad + Munki

  1. I’d be repackaging it. Use something that keeps track of file system changes and trim down and build a package from the resulting list. Jamf Composer might be worth looking at. Might be more difficult with ArchiCAD licenses that are not dongle based.

  2. I was going to repackage it, but now that I can run the actual installer from Munki, that seems cleaner to me than guessing at what does and does not need to be included in a new package.
    I just wish that software vendors would get on board with the packaging tools that Apple (.pkg) and Microsoft (.msi) provide, instead of trying to have an one-size-fits-all solution for both macOS and Windows.

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