Attaching OSX standalones to email

Alex Rice alex at mindlube.com
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 Copy.app automatically when 
the user double clicks on it. See Disk Copy.app or Disk Utility.app. Or 
use the good shareware product DropDMG.


Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> | Mindlube Software | 
<http://mindlube.com>

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