Xfile manages 'file flags' (user and system append, immutable, etc); 'sticky bits'; set user and group ID bits; it displays major and minor device numbers, inodes (CNIDs), number of links, blocks used, optimal block sizes, and file generation numbers for the superuser; it creates both hard and symbolic links.
Additional utilities included allow manipulation of two Unix and five HFS time stamps; batch and recursive mode and time stamping; and more.
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The Xfile package also includes the file system scanner Xscan for quickly locating items in the file systems and for conducting perfunctory system security audits. Xscan can scan an entire OS X computer, listing all files in eleven columns of file data, in a time span of one or two minutes even on 'yesterday's hardware'. It can also scan entire networks at the same speed.
All items with resource forks are clearly marked and sizes for each fork available. The FileInfo utility allows manipulation of the special 'Finder flags' found in HFS catalog node info blocks.
Xstrings dumps readable strings from binary files; Xfind searches given files for specified search strings. And so forth.
All the utilities are tightly integrated - so much so that if you can conceive of a way they work together, they probably do.
The Xfile package comes with the proprietary ACP framework, offering seamless search capabilities in every program, full management of both the imagery and documentation systems, and more. Information on the full ACP is also available.
Part of the ACP
Xfile is part of the ACP - Rixstep's 'Apple Core Project', a research project into viable means to hone and optimise generic application development on OS X for professional purposes. The ACP is intended for the professional audience but extreme power users can also find benefit.
The Xfile package is part and parcel of the complete ACP and offers insight into the full capabilities of this award winning product. The Xfile application is the fastest file manager for OS X, capable of listing a full ten columns of file system data for 10,000 files in one second real time. It's known as the 'standard setter' for OS X file management. As it's the only file manager capable of doing everything possible on OS X, it stands in a class of its own.
The Xfile package contains 290+ items. In addition to Xfile and the ACP framework it contains the applications FileInfo, MD, Rixcomp, Rixmode, Rixstamp, TMI, Tracker, Xattrib, Xfind, Xscan, Xsed, Xshelf, Xstamp, Xstrings, and Undercover.
The trial download contains a smattering of the above: Xfile, Xfind, Xscan, FileInfo, TMI, Tracker, and Undercover. [And as of 19 April 2008 a preview of Clipothèque. Click here for further info.]
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Rixstep are a constellation of programmers and administrators concentrating on Objective-C/NeXTSTEP/OpenStep/Cocoa software engineering. Their 'ACP' (AppleCore Project) has won considerable acclaim, in particular their file manager Xfile and their GUI version of the Unix command line CLIX. They also provide a series of free topical newsletters on security and industry events and offer online courses in Unix and Cocoa programming.
Credentials include programming consulting and training assignments for British Aerospace, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, SAAB Defence Systems, IBM, Microsoft, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Barclays Bank, and Sony/Ericsson.