Zip file problem on Mac

Klaus major-k klaus at
Sun May 8 13:32:54 EDT 2022

Hi all,

> Am 08.05.2022 um 03:18 schrieb Neville Smythe via use-livecode <use-livecode at>:
>> On 8 May 2022, at 2:00 am, Brian Milby wrote:
>> It is a bug somewhere. See this big report:
>> <>
>> I actually think it is related. The zip should be created as a Unix variant and not Fat and file attributes should be stored. One thing that could be tried is to manually set the executable bit when creating the archive. I was able to store a link in a zip using this method, but there is no way to read the file attributes in LC.
> Brian, utter genius!
> Not only do you pinpoint the bug — revZip is creating a ‘fat’ zip not a ‘unx’ zip and not adding the external attributes – but it looks like you have provided the workaround (for my problem of execute permissions at least)
> I tried the implausible trick of using the undocumented revZipSetItemAttributes
> put 0x80000000 into tExtAttributes -- regular file
> add 0x01ED0000 to tExtAttributes -- rwxrwxr-x -- modify as per file (and may only do for Mac,Linux?)
> revZipSetItemAttributes pArchive, pName, 3, tExtAttributes  — 3 for unix system
> for each file as it is added to the archive. I didn’t really expect this to work as the file is already added to the archive in ‘fat’ format.
> Not only does unzip -Z report that the archive items are now in ‘unx’ format with permissions rwxrwxr-x, but astonishingly the zip actually decompresses to a working executable – well, only so far briefly tested on a Mac but it seems likely this is going to work on all platforms. 
> As you point out in your bug 21447 report, revZip probably won’t be able to decompress the archive correctly because of other deficiencies, but I only need the user's system to unpack it. And I will have to modify the permissions for each individual file in the archive. 
> I never thought I would use the expression, but, like , awesome! OK sorry I went there, but jolly well done, that man!
> Neville

I really wonder how much more useful features are undocumented and why they do not find their way into the dictionary!?

Klaus Major
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