Subject: Re: MacBSD files' format
To: Stephen Knight <>
From: Benjamin H Ward <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 04/12/1994 14:22:25
Once upon a time, Stephen Knight said this:

> Greetings,
>   I recently downloaded MacBSD from cray-ymp (via TurboGopher) and I
> need to know the format of the .bin files I received.  For example,
> "booter.1.1.cpt.bin" or "usr.sbin.tar.cpt.bin"?  I've tried setting the
> creator and filetype for CompactPro, running SunTAR over them, UU decoders
> and Zip utilites...nada.
>   Suggestions?

The files are in an ancient and arcane format known as MacBinary.
(Actually, they're MacBinaried Compact Pro files.) I believe Stuffit
Lite or Deluxe can handle the format. So can a utility called
"MacBinary" that you can find at the sumex or umich archives.
StuffIt Expander, however, can't.

This confused me, too, because I was so used to the BinHex format
that the rest of Net.Land uses.

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