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How can I view package contents in Snow Leopard?

10510 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2010 5:34 PM by Mark Jalbert RSS
Adwiz Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Jun 4, 2010 1:39 PM
I'm aware that the "Show Package Contents" option was removed in 10.5 and no longer exists, but I was also informed that it would be possible to access this using XTools. I installed XTools but can't find the "Flat Package" viewer application that someone told me would be part of the install. Can someone help?
MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 1:56 PM (in response to Adwiz)
    And when you click on an application or other items that are folder-type and made to look like a single entity, you can't navigate inside?
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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 2:31 PM (in response to Adwiz)
    I'm aware that the "Show Package Contents" option was removed in 10.5 and no longer exists,

    I still have "Show Package Contents" in apps that I have downloaded since installing Snow Leopard. Can you tell us which apps you are having issues with?
    Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 2:38 PM (in response to CMCSK)
    The system they were created is Intel, and trying to view on PowerMac (and different OS). Been too long since I used PPC and then it was 10.4.x
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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 2:55 PM (in response to Adwiz)
    AFAIK, Apple's changed some installers from being packages which are just folders masquerading as a single item, but has recently switched to self-contained items that cannot be opened using show package contents. So, if you're trying to open one of those, you can't. BTW, Leopard and Snow Leopard can open any package if it's not one of the new ones.

    However, your question is better asked at the developer forums under OS X Technologies.
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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 3:04 PM (in response to baltwo)
    has recently switched to self-contained items that cannot be opened using show package contents. *So, if you're trying to open one of those, you can't.*

    Not even with Pacifist?
    Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 3:58 PM (in response to CMCSK)
    Pacifist will display the contents of these, but there's no way, AFAIK, that you can replace something inside of it with something else. BTW, if the OP is mucking with Apple's packages that aren't the old style, then he shouldn't be.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,560 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:45 PM (in response to Adwiz)
    If you just want to see inside a package, [Suspicious Package|http://www.mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage> is a nice QuickLook plugin.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
    Thanks. Like Pacifist, it's good for viewing the contents, but doesn't help the OP.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Mark Jalbert Level 5 Level 5 (4,390 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 5:34 PM (in response to Adwiz)
    The POSIX path is
    /Developer/Applications/Utilities/PackageMaker.app/Contents/Resources/Flat Package Editor.app
    QuickSilver_2002-ubuntu 9.10, iMac_G5-10.5.8, MacBook Pro (Penryn)-10.6.2

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