Issue

The Adobe AIR installer, both for the runtime and for Adobe AIR applications, can be configured to log actions taken during installation. Note: The logging process described in this TechNote may changefor laterversions of Adobe AIR.

Solution

To enable logging, create a file named .airinstall.log to log the runtime installation or .airappinstall.log to log an application installation in your home directory.

On Windows:

  1. Choose Start > Run, and then type cmd in the Open text box to open a DOS window.
  2. Type: cd \documents and settings\userName, and press Return.



    Note: On Windows Vista, the home directory is C:\Users\userName.



  3. Type: echo > .airinstall.log and/or echo > .airappinstall.log, and press Return.
  4. Run the Adobe AIR installation you wish to log. The file is overwritten each time the installatioin or uninstallation is run.

On Linux:

  1. Open terminal
  2. Type cd ~userName.
  3. Type echo > .airinstall.log and/or echo > .airappinstall.log



    Note:
    The Touch command can be used to create a new empty file (for example, touch .airappinstall.log)



  4. Run the Adobe AIR installation you wish to log. The file is overwritten each time the installation or uninstallation is run.
  5. On Linux, file names beginning with a period (.) are automatically hidden system files.
  6. To view all files, including hidden files, use the command ls “a.



On Mac OS X:

  1. Double-click the Terminal application located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. Type cd /Users/userName.
  3. Type echo > .airinstall.log and/or echo > .airappinstall.log



    Note: The Touch command can be used to create a new empty file (for example, touch .airappinstall.log)



  4. Run the Adobe AIR installation you wish to log. The file is overwritten each time the installation or uninstallation is run.
  5. On Mac OS, file names beginning with a period (.) are automatically hidden system files. To view all files, including hidden files, use the command ls -a, or use the steps below to show hidden files in the Finder by default.

Show hidden files on Mac OS within Finder

By default, files beginning with a period (.) are hidden on Mac OS. You can show hidden files using the following steps:

  1. Double-click the Terminal application located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. Select File > New Shell.
  3. Type the following text: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
  4. Close the Fnder windows; when you re-open them, youll see hidden files.
  5. Note: It may be necessary to relaunch the Finder in order to view hidden files after using the steps above. If so click Command+Option+Escape, select Finder, and then click Relaunch.

To hide files again, repeat the steps above using the following command in step 3: AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

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