Handy programs for scripting on OS X

  • MacOSX::File - A collection of Perl modules to manipulate files on MacOS X (set file/creator codes, copy files while preserving the resource fork,etc.)
    Installing on Panther resulted in a "gcc2" error when trying to install from CPAN. Manually still required a tweak even though the latest version has a patch for Panther:

    curl -O http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/authors/id/D/DA/DANKOGAI/MacOSX-File-0.71.tar.gz
    tar zxvf MacOSX-File-0.71.tar.gz
    cd MacOSX-File-0.71
    perl Makefile.PL
    make CC=gcc3
    make test
    sudo make install
  • osxutils is a bundle of powerful Mac-oriented command line utilities for viewing, editing and manipulating file meta-data. The package contains 'lsmac', a popular alternative to the BSD list command, in addition to many other useful tools.
    Download osxutils1.7.pkg.zip, the most recent version. Yes, it's old (from 2007) and is made for PPC but that's what I needed! An Xcode 2.2 package is available too - maybe it can be compiled on Intel Macs and newer versions of OS X?
  • Mac::Macbinary - Perl module for handling Macbinary files (.bin) though never got it to work quite right with files decoded for OS 9.
  • Macbinconv - Mac binary format converter. Supported binary formats include: native, datafork+resourcefork file, applesingle, macbinary, services for macintosh.

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