Pacifist 3.2.3 (Mac OS X) | 18.2 MB
Install individual files from .pkg installers and more
Install individual files from .pkg installers
Pacifist is a small program that attempts to do in Mac OS X what TomeViewer did in Mac OS 9 - it opens up .pkg installer packages and lets you 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 Sherlock 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 also update prebinding information for files that you install to optimize their performance.
Pacifist opens Mac OS X .pkg package files, .dmg disk image files, and .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, and .xar archive files and allows you to extract individual files and folders out of them.
Pacifist is also able to verify existing installations and find missing or altered files, and also has the ability to examine the kernel extensions installed in /System/Library/Extensions to determine which ones were installed by Apple and which may have been installed by third-party installers.Key features of Pacifist:
- 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 10.2 (Jaguar) package format as well as the old Mac OS X 10.0 format
- Works with .mpkg metapackages
- 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
- Doesnt 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.
- Correctly sets all file owner and permission settings
- 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
- 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 folders contents and doesnt overwrite the parent folder. The exception is application bundles, which by default will ask you what to do.
- The buffer used when piping to pax is configurable, unlike command-line gzip, so you can tweak it to get faster decompression with gz-compressed packages
- 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
- Dutch localization by Koen van Hees
- French localization by Ronald Leroux
- German localization by Sebastian Krau
- Italian localization by Gabriele Callari
- Japanese localization by Takehiko Hatatani.
- Enabled full-screen mode on OS X 10.7 or later.
- File viewer windows can now be closed via the space bar.
- Fixed a bug that caused the splash screen to be drawn incorrectly on machines with Intel Iris graphics.
- Fixed a crashing bug that could occur when trying to load an invalid .bom file.
- Pacifist should hopefully not cause the discrete GPU to be switched on anymore in MacBook Pros with dual GPUs.
- Intel, 64-bit processor.
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.