I was trying to use the flare actionscript decomplier, which I’d never used since I upgraded to Snow Leopard about a month ago. The OSX version of flare is a PPC binary and needs Rosetta to run. Unfortunately, since flare is a command line application, it just spits out a message (“You need the Rosetta software to run flare. The Rosetta installer is in Optional Installs on your Mac OS X installation disc.“) and exits. GUI applications trigger a dialog prompting you to download and install Rosetta. My Snow Leopard upgrade disk is at home and I don’t want to wait until evening to install Rosetta off the disk. So, I tried searching for a link to the Rosetta installer on the web, without any success. The only other recourse was to find a PPC built application to install and run (and eventually uninstall after Rosetta was installed) to trigger the installer dialog. After a little bit of searching, I finally managed to find PPC binaries from the Folding@home project. I installed it, and got the dialog to install Rosetta, which incidentally was only a 2MB download. I wish there was an easier way to download the Rosetta installer straight from the apple website.
Posted on January 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm