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Ability to create macOS installers #6

Depau opened this issue Sep 10, 2018 · 1 comment


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commented Sep 10, 2018

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As of now this feature requires a lot of investigation (i.e. I would at least need to be able to follow the InsanelyMac guide and adapt it to use free software only)


After reading the InsanelyMac tutorial and reverse-engineering the Windows/Hackintosh crap, I think I got how the thing works. One needs to:

  1. Obtain the Install app from the App Store or Hackintosh Computer
  2. Write app/Contents/SharedSupport/BaseSystem.dmg to the USB drive (it contains a GPT and an HFS+ filesystem)
  3. Resize the partition table and filesystem to fill the USB drive
  4. Mount the HFS+ filesystem and copy SharedSupport from the App Store app to the app in the root of the filesystem.

So, requirements list:

  • Ability to restore DMG images (dmg2img works)
  • Ability to mess with the partition table (needs sgdisk built for Android - feasible)
  • Ability to resize the HFS+ filesystem (building hfsprogs with the NDK shouldn't be too hard)
    • Needs investigation on whether it can be done with libaums/Android API
  • Ability to mount HFS+ read-write
    • I doubt most phones will have the hfsplus kernel module; a FUSE implementation must be found

This should be quite doable on GNU/Linux. Let's see what we can do on not-GNU/Linux (Android).

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@Depau Depau added the enhancement label Sep 10, 2018

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commented Mar 24, 2019

Thanks man your the best

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