Packaging KEXTs and Software
PackageMaker is the preferred tool for packaging and distributing software consisting of multiple components. Unlike simple applications where every needed component is self–contained and embedded within the application’s bundle, more advanced software distributions, such as those containing KEXTs, may need to install components to multiple locations on the file system. For example, a driver will need to place itself within the
/System/Library/Extensions directory, and it may further contain helper programs to load preferences or upgrade firmware, which require Launch Agents or Daemons to be installed. PackageMaker is able to do this and more. The PackageMaker user interface is shown in Figure 18-1.