Well, everybody knows that Adobe are a shitty company. Their products are the defacto standard for image/video editing and designing, but their codebase really suck. No excuses.
The problem addressed here is that Creative Studio™ refuses to install on a case-sensitive drives on Mac OS X. And it doesn’t just refuse to install on a case-sensitive drive, but it also requires to install on your boot drive as well! Srsly?
Well, there’s a solution. I’ve just stumbled upon this, and I’m really anxious to share it. I’ve forked the code to update it for CS6.
Xcode. You can install it from the AppStore.
- Command Line Tools for Xcode.
You can install it from Xcode’s
A step-by-step installation instructions
.sparsebundlepseudo-image to install CS6:
Mount the newly created image and create a
Create an extra
/Applications/Adobefolder on the boot drive (we will trick the installer with this temporary directory)
Get the hack, compile it, and run it
OK, at this point you'll need to edit the
Makefileand set the
CS6_INSTALLER_PATHvariable to point to the
The current one tries to find it automatically, but it may fail...
When asked, select
/Applications/Adobefor installation directory rather than just
/Applications, but don't click the
Remember, don't click the
Installbutton just yet
Now, time to do one more hack - remove the
/Applications/Adobedirectory and replace it with a symlink to the
/Adobedirectory from the SparseBundle.
Now click the
- You can now safely delete the intermediate files and probably move the SparseBundle somewhere easier to mount by just clicking it (the Desktop, probably?)
- That's it!
Just remember that you’ll need to mount the SparseBundle every time you need to use Adobe’s products…
Update @ 2014-04-01
You can also run the updater (
Adobe Application Manager), with a slightly different command:
Note the double quoting!