Pacifist 2.6.3 Ranking & Summary
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Pacifist 2.6.3 is known as an useful application for Mac OS X that helps you open up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives, and more, and allows you to install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), if you experience bugs in Installer.app that mess up your symbolic links, or if you just like a little more control over the installation process. Pacifist can open some archive formats over HTTP, in case you want to download only one file from a large .zip archive without downloading the whole file. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.
- Compiled as a Universal Binary for full speed on Intel-based Macs
- Lets you install individual items or folders from .pkg packages, either to their default install locations or to a custom location you specify
- Allows you to install to a disk other than the boot disk if you prefer
- Works with the new Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” package format as well as packages from older Mac OS X versions ranging from Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger” to the Mac OS X Public Beta
- Supports .pkg packages, .mpkg metapackages, .zip archives, .bom file listings, .dmg disk images, and .pax, .pax.gz, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .cpio, .cpio.gz, .cpio.bz2, and .xar archives
- Support for .zip archives with extensive format support - should correctly extract Mac and UNIX metadata from Apple’s Zip format as well as MacZip, SmartZip, ZipIt, and InfoZip archives. In order to achieve support for all these formats as well as the “Open URL” feature, Pacifist has a new Zip parser written completely from scratch rather than using existing functionality such as the ‘zip’ command-line tool.
- A new “Open URL” feature makes it possible to remotely load archives over the network. For .zip, .xar, .dmg, and Leopard .pkg packages, this feature only downloads the portion of the file which is necessary to read it, causing files to open much more quickly than it would take to download the whole archive (.zip files, in particular, are very fast - try it!).
- All files in a package can be viewed right in Pacifist using of a new “View Files” feature. The “View Files” feature includes support for various text and image file types, as well as support for RTF, RTFD, HTML, MS Word, and property list files. Pacifist also includes a new hexadecimal file viewer for viewing binary files and unknown file types.
- Includes the ability to verify existing intallations, comparing the files on your hard disk with the files listed in the package, and notifying you of missing files as well as files that have different permissions or checksums than those listed in the package*
- Follows all symlinks and aliases properly, without overwriting them
- Doesn’t alter the properties of existing folders, including their permissions
- Correctly gives the sizes of a package, both compressed and uncompressed
- Displays the following information about files in packages: path, size, kind, owner, group, permissions, modification date, checksum
- Allows the user to selectively choose whether or not to display certain types of metadata
- Inspector window gives a more detailed look at files in a package
- Displays total size of currently selected files, letting you know exactly how much space your installation will take on your hard disk. Dynamically updates this size as the selection changes.
- Includes the ability to view a package’s resources, such as the Read Me file, the install scripts, etc.
- Correctly sets all file owner and permission settings
- Allows the user to override a package’s authentication requirement
- Automatically converts AppleDouble files into resource forks and metadata when installing on HFS+ disks (leaves the files alone if installing on UFS)
- Automatically updates prebinding information after installation to optimize system performance (disabled by default on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher)
- Allows the user to create receipts for .pkg packages
- It is possible to cancel the extraction at any stage of the installation
- Multiple-document interface
- Has a working search feature
- Supports drag and drop
- Supports contextual menus
- Commonly used functions available via toolbar
- Auto filename completion
- Works with compressed or uncompressed packages
- By default, prompts before replacing any files
- Uses the Security Framework if the files will need to be installed as root
- If you install a folder and the folder already exists, Pacifist installs the folder’s contents and doesn’t overwrite the parent folder. The exception is application bundles, which by default will ask you what to do.
- Works around a bug in pax so that hard links extract from packages correctly instead of generating “File not found” errors
- Spiffy icons by Adam Betts
- Czech localization by Lukáš Vajda
- Dutch localization by Koen van Hees French localization by Ronald Leroux
- German localization by Sebastian Krauß, Martin Bestmann, Goetz Goerisch, and Norbert Rittel
- Italian localization by Gabriele Callari
- Japanese localization by Takehiko Hatatani
- Worked around an oversight in Snow Leopard’s Finder that caused drag-and-drop to the Finder not to work properly
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