Pacifist
Pacifist
3.6.2

4.8

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Pacifist

3.6.2
03 November 2019

Install individual files from .pkg installers and more.

Overview

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or 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 your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it. Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.

What's new in Pacifist

Version 3.6.2:
  • Added Catalina installer to Apple Installer Packages button
  • Notarized

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Donmontalvo
01 May 2014

Most helpful

Indespisible for anyone who deals with third party packages.
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Version 3.2.9
rardin
15 October 2018
I'm sure the folks at MacUpdate will fix this soon, but to avoid any confusion, the new version with support for Mojave is actually 3.6.1 rather than 3.6.
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Version 3.6
iMacWare
25 August 2018
I love Pacifist... It can help you find virus' in potential installs too.
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Version 3.6
Jlock
22 February 2018
I love this app and I use it everyday! A must have for anyone that is working with files and wants to extract them without installing them :)
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Version 3.6
1 answer(s)
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08 May 2018
I agree, surprisingly useful application.
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artie505
23 October 2016
SIMPLY INDISPENSABLE!!! Nuff Said.
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Version 3.5.11
artie505
21 August 2016
Pacifist is the only app I've ever run across that breaks when I de-localize, and since there's no way to whitelist it I'm stuck having to trash and reinstall it every time I run Monolingual .

I contacted Charles Srstka, the developer, at least a year ago, but no fix has been forthcoming. (He doesn't de-localize and is, apparently, insensitive to those of us who do.)

One BIG star off an otherwise WONDERFUL app!
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Version 3.5.9
4 answer(s)
CharlesS
CharlesS
26 August 2016
It still seems to work delocalized when I try it:

$ cd Pacifist.app/Contents/Resources/
$ rm -rf de.lproj fr.lproj it.lproj pt-BR.lproj zh-Hans.lproj
$ cd ../../..
$ codesign -vv Pacifist.app
Pacifist.app: valid on disk
Pacifist.app: satisfies its Designated Requirement

I'm not sure what Monolingual is doing, but I suspect what is happening is that it's deleting the "pt.lproj" symlink which points to pt-BR.lproj. This symlink is there so that I can support systems that have the default language set to either Portuguese or Brazilian Portuguese without taking up the extra disk space that duplicating the entire localization would entail. Apple's code signing implementation ignores deleted lprojs, but only directories. A deleted symlink will therefore break the Apple code signature, and this is therefore not something I can fix.

I suggest that you contact the developer of Monolingual. It should not be deleting symlinks, firstly since that will set off Apple's code signing mechanism, and secondly because symlinks take up a negligible amount of disk space anyway (in this case, 11 bytes logical and 4.0 KiB physical).
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artie505
artie505
26 August 2016
Following up on Charles's reply I did some experimentation and found that although I misspoke and have never run Monolingual on Pacifist, my own delocalization efforts did, indeed, break it.

I've now identified the problem items (and a possible glitch in either Pacifist or EasyFind) and am running Pacifist with no problems.

Many thanks to Charles for having, even if belatedly, recognized the essence of my problem and pointed me to the fix.
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Mcr
Mcr
14 October 2016
@artie505
Say again, you 'misspoke'? Really? So, if you never actually ran Monolingual on Pacifist, why did you state that you did, and then on top of that lower your rating on Pacifist, claiming there was a problem, when in fact, there was no problem with Pacifist?

You then insist that you have uncovered a "glitch" with Pacifist and Easy Find, but don't elaborate. But then in the next sentence you say Pacifist is running fine. So which is it?

I give you some credit for at least coming clean, but do the right thing and at least post another review with five stars to somewhat make up for the 4 star rating you gave previously.
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artie505
artie505
23 October 2016
@Mcr

Dunno why I wasn't notified of your post...found it by accident. (Thanks for reminding me to re-rate; by the time a new version came out it was off my radar.)

Here's the problem I ran into with Pacifist: it includes 4 symbolic links (1 of which is from Sparkle) that show up in my periodic EasyFind "lproj" search & destroy sessions, and although deleting the files to which the links point is OK, deleting the links, themselves, even just the Sparkle link, breaks Pacifist, which I thought was a bug, because I've deleted the same Sparkle link from at least one other app not only without breaking the app, but without even breaking Sparkle.

Inveterate, degenerate cleaner-uppers beware!

More: There is some weirdness going on between EasyFind and Pacifist, but it's apparently an EF issue, and it won't be investigated any time in the near future, and as I already mentioned, Monolingual is inconsequential to this discussion and should not have been the subject of a rant.
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fiery12
13 June 2016
Pacifist is an indispensable utility for those who want to look in the contents of PKG files. This app is a long runner and is still among the first. You can try it as long as you wish and pay with confidence that you get a really useful app. However, my only complain is that there is no column for the "Default Install Location" and I have to open the Info dialog to see the installation path. Also, app sometimes crashes on opening some pkg files, then open them just fine (that's really weird, but not a big issue). And finally, PKG opening apps seems to multiply, but I also need to create PKG files (which Pacifist is not able to do). It looks that PKG creation tools are sparse. All that I tried failed (i.e. Iceberg, Packages).
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Version 3.5.9
1 answer(s)
CharlesS
CharlesS
03 July 2016
Could you e-mail me the crash report next time you experience a crash, so I can try to figure out what caused it? My e-mail address is support ( at ) charlessoft ( dot ) com. Thanks!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
02 February 2016
I agree this is a must have for anyone who does much work with compressed files. Among other things, when an archived app is reported as broken when you decompress it or won't run due to the lack of a security certificate from Apple, Pacifist will unpack the archive with proper permissions so the enclosed app will run as you expect. Of course you should only use it on uncertified apps if you trust the developer. I've had files I couldn't extract with Apple's built-in Unarchiver, or even with Stuffit Expander. Pacifist has always done the trick for me. It has been around on the Mac for a long time and is well maintained by the developer. It's worth every penny I paid for it.
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Version 3.5.9
chanchunghoong
20 June 2015
Sorry to ask that this pacifist got provide online serial key validation??
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Version 3.5.3
Lucid
12 February 2015
Fantastic!
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Version 3.5
Wts
12 February 2015
An absolute MUST HAVE software in my tool box. Some third party pkg are just nearly impossible to add mainly due to a permissions thing and so Pacifist comes to the rescue. Sometimes i use Pacifist to initially install a pkg because it runs/provides confirmation data of where the pieces of the package were placed on my hard drive. Top marks for rating and +++++ to bring it up to ten stars.
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Version 3.5.1