Attaching OSX standalones to email

Alex Rice alex at
Tue Dec 2 13:57:27 EST 2003

On Dec 2, 2003, at 11:29 AM, Cornelia Brunner wrote:

> I cannot attach a MacOSX Standalone file to email (I use Entourage, 
> but I
> tried other programs, including web mail and it doesn't work there 
> either)
> even though I have no difficulty attaching a MacOS9 or Windows 
> Standalone
> file. What's the problem? On a PC, the standalone MACOSX file turns 
> into a
> folder, which is why it can't be attached there. On the Mac, it is 
> disabled
> when I try to attach it. Is there a work-around?

Cornelia, an OS X a standalone is a "bundle". It's actually a folder 
containing special files including a manifest, icons and an executable 
file. That's why it doesn't work attaching it to email: the email 
client is not smart enough to traverse the whole bundle attaching all 
the pieces.

I don't use .sit or .zip, as Klaus recommended, instead I use DMG. This 
is a disk image and will open up with Disk automatically when 
the user double clicks on it. See Disk or Disk Or 
use the good shareware product DropDMG.

Alex Rice <alex at> | Mindlube Software | 

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