installer tells me that a there is still a previous version of SPSS 16 on my mac
SPSS is great, but ...
The Mac install is clunky. If you've aborted an install and want to start again, or you just want to get some space free, you have to remove the old installation.
You've removed all files and directories matching *spss* (and, for good measure, youve also tried *SPSS*), and you can't start again because the installer complains that you haven't removed a previous installation.
remove InstallShield (probably sitting in your home directory) and start again!
If you want to get rid of an older version, and you haven't yet started, use the uninstaller installed with SPSS,
SPSS know about the problem
Problem Subject: Trying to install SPSS 16 for the Mac yields an error message that there is already a previous flavor
Problem Description: I am trying to re-install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh and I am unable to do so because during the installation I am met with an error message telling me that there is already a previous flavor of SPSS on this machine and that it must be removed before a new install can take place. What is the reason for this message and how can I resolve this so that I can install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh?
Resolution Subject: Completely remove the previous installation of SPSS 16 from this machine
Resolution Description: The reason this is happening is that the previous installation of SPSS 16 for the Macintosh was not uninstalled correctly. If you merely trashed the application folder then SPSS 16 was not uninstalled. The uninstall function is found with the SPSS 16 applcation in the 'Applications' folder. In order to resolve this issue if SPSS 16 is not removed through the uninstall process please go into the 'Users' folder on the main operating systems hard drive. In here you should find a house with your login name on it and you should go into this item. In this house (folder), please trash the following:
~/InstallShield (directory, remove the whole thing)
~/Library/Preferences/com.spss.spss for mac.plist
Now empty your trash. Now you will be able to re-install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh.