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Installing Adobe CS 5.5 on a HFSx (case sensitive) root volume

Adobe CS 5.5 (Photoshop, Fireworks, etc, etc) refuses to install on a system that has a case sensitive root filesystem. I've written a workaround/hack that allows it using a combination of a dylib and a case insensitive sparsebundle.

This solution has been tested on OS X Lion 10.7.2

Instructions and code at:

Also included is a demonstration of using DYLD_INSERT_LIBARIES without needing to define DYLD_FORCE_FLAT_NAMESPACE.

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  1. I’ve been planning to do the same thing, but found your blog. That’s unbelievably cool! Thanks dude for sharing this.

  2. Hi,

    I found your DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES method for installing Adobe apps when booting from case-sensitive volumes and installing the Adobe apps on a case-insensitive volume, and am tying to get it working but having problems. The problem is in installing Acrobat X Pro (and a couple of others, ie Muse and Touch Plug-Ins) – it uses a different way of installing than most of the other Adobe apps – instead of the “” it uses “” and if I change the Make file to invoke instead of get a error that says “Failed to load deployment file” – seems like there is not enough information given to the program.

    Any ideas on how to get Acrobat installed using your DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES method?

    I got Illustrator and Photoshop CS6 installed using the CreativeCloud licensing and am so happy and want to say thanks so much for this great work!!!!

    I can’t believe Adobe makes things so difficult for their apps on systems with case-sensitive boot volumes. It’s almost as if they know things will work OK on case-sensitive volumes but they don’t want to tell anyone and have to support it I guess. But using your little app to deceive the installer is a really clever idea!!!

    Thanks so much…


  3. Hi,

    First, I appreciate your work, great job!
    Second, this is not working on OS X 10.8, because Apple deprecated FSGetVolumeParms. I’m trying to fix that but, you can fix it much faster than me I think. :)

    We’re looking forward to hearing from you.



  4. Works perfectly for Photoshop CS6!

  5. Just installed CS6 on my rig.

    1024 times 10x!

    P.S. I wrote a follow-up with shell-only commands and forked your code for further hacks —

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