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Change Finder 0.4

You're a star.


You want to be a Hollywood star? Do like this. Catch a Greyhound or Trailways to LA; hitchhike from the terminal to Beverly Hills; take a seat at a bus stop on Rodeo Drive; and hang out there all day. You're a star.

You want to be a wizard open source programmer? Do like this. Get yourself a page at SourceForge. Take a simple OS X command line (or two but no more) and wrap it in Cocoa. Then post it at Apple's Unix and Open Source Downloads microsite. You're an open source programmer.

Here are the 'release notes' for Change Finder version 0.4. [You might remember something called Change Finder version 0.3. It's no coincidence.] Note that according to the currently accepted scheme this masterpiece is still in 'beta'. We have a long way to go until we're up to scratch and in 'production'.

Release Name: chgfndr-0.4

Notes: Readme Notes for Change Finder (Unix Name chgfndr) Change Finder (ver 0.4) consists of 2 wrapped shell scripts. CF-A is the script to change finder -all and CF-R is the script to change finder -regular. After unzipping the archive, place the folder anywhere you wish on your hard drive. That's it, you're done. Now anytime you want to use finder to view and open your hidden files such as .profile, .xinitrc, etc..., just double click the CF-A script wrapper and then double click the CF-R script wrapper to return to normal view. IMPORTANT NOTE: When you do a CF-A, you will notice icons are overlapped, especially in your home folder if you have a lot of dot (.) files. If you use 'Clean Up Selection' or otherwise change your view, be sure to do so again after using CF-R. Otherwise, the top of your Finder window will be empty and it will appear as if you lost your files. (You didn't, they are just further down in the window, below where the dot files were appearing.)

Changes: Change Log for Change Finder (Unix Name chgfndr) July 3, 2006 - first file released. July 5, 2006 - released version 0.2 with installation text. July 8, 2006 - released version 0.3 as double clickable applescripts. August 7, 2006 - released version 0.3.1 with added text files regarding using the application, specifically addressing using 'Clean Up Selection' with Change Finder. January 18, 2007- released version 0.4 as shell scripts with Platypus wrappers.

Platypus wrappers??!?? For a bloody command line??!?? Oh well. Now here are the two command lines - the 'open source'.

Following is the shell script for CF-A:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE&&killall Finder &

Following is the shell script for CF-R

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE&&killall Finder &

So what is this 'open source application' trying to do?

It's trying to toggle Finder's 'show all files'. The above two commands do it. You can also do it by editing com.apple.finder.plist manually if you run Finder at all that is. [If you're smart and don't this isn't an issue.]

<key>AppleShowAllFiles</key>
<false/>
 <key>AppleShowAllFiles</key>
<true/>

Download

This 'product' has been downloaded over three thousand times. The latest update was 18 January 2007. It's 105 KB (107999 bytes - which makes it bigger than the entire CLIX download with a real program inside and with fifteen command files with over 1500 commands - this one has only two commands).

Let's download and take a look.

37 items, 262672 bytes, 648 blocks, 0 bytes in resource forks.
Change Finder/.DS_Store
Change Finder/CF-A.app
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Info.plist
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/MacOS
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/MacOS/CF-A
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/PkgInfo
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/.script
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/appIcon.icns
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/AppSettings.plist
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/InfoPlist.strings
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/classes.nib
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/info.nib
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/keyedobjects.nib
Change Finder/CF-A.app/Contents/Resources/script
Change Finder/CF-R.app
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Info.plist
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/MacOS
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/MacOS/CF-R
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/PkgInfo
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/.script
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/appIcon.icns
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/AppSettings.plist
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/InfoPlist.strings
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/classes.nib
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/info.nib
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/MainMenu.nib/keyedobjects.nib
Change Finder/CF-R.app/Contents/Resources/script
Change Finder/chgfndr source
Change Finder/Readme

Wow. That takes a walloping 324 KB on disk. For two command lines? 324 KB for two command lines? Someone lost a sense of proportion here? As in 'really lost it'?

Let's look at some of the ugly stuff.

  • There's a .DS_Store. Of course there is.
  • There are two 'Cocoa bundles': CF-A.app and CF-R.app. The one toggles Finder to show all files and the other restores default behaviour.
  • Both bundles have a useless and empty file called .script. Empty as in 'zero bytes'. Useless as in 'empty'.
  • Each bundle has its own icon.
  • Each bundle has an identical 'AppSettings.plist'.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
    "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>Creator</key>
        <string>Platypus-3.2</string>
        <key>EncryptAndChecksum</key>
        <false/>
        <key>IsDroppable</key>
        <false/>
        <key>OutputType</key>
        <string>None</string>
        <key>RemainRunningAfterCompletion</key>
        <false/>
        <key>RequiresAdminPrivileges</key>
        <false/>
        <key>ScriptInterpreter</key>
        <string>/bin/sh</string>
    </dict>
    </plist>
  • Then we have the scripts themselves. Note the cute use of the logical AND operator. Not that it accomplishes much - it's always cool to kill Finder.

    #!/bin/sh
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE&&killall Finder &
    #!/bin/sh
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE&&killall Finder &
  • The InfoPlist.strings files tell us who the author is.
    CFBundleName = "CF-A";
    CFBundleShortVersionString = "0.4";
    CFBundleGetInfoString = "CF-A version 0.4 Copyright 2007 Jeff Tutt";
    NSHumanReadableCopyright = "Copyright 2007 Jeff Tutt.";

Time to look at the NIBs. We need only look at one because the two are identical. [You sorta knew that, didn't you?]

This is like a cartoon.




Also of note: the author's using the nonstandard 'en.lproj' instead of 'English.lproj' and using a directory at all when there's no localisation.

Now it's time to look at the executables.

$ file CF-A
CF-A: Mach-O executable ppc
$ file CF-R
CF-R: Mach-O executable ppc

Oops! Didn't version 0.3 have universals? Oh well - one step forward and two miles back. So how big are they?

$ ls -l CF-A
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rixstep  staff  58272 Jan 19 01:46 CF-A
$ ls -l CF-R
-rwxr-xr-x   1 rixstep  staff  58272 Jan 19 01:46 CF-R

Oops! Same size??!?? Are they identical? Tell us they're not! Please!

$ cmp CF-A.app/Contents/MacOS/CF-A CF-R.app/Contents/MacOS/CF-R
$

Ouch! They are identical! What's inside? (We need to check only one. Haha.)

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0000000000002090 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/SearchKit.framework/Versions/A/SearchKit
000000000000211f ,/usr/lib/libbsm.dylib
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0000000000009704 About %@
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000000000000976c Error %d occurred when attempting to run AuthorizationExecuteWithPrivileges. Terminating...
00000000000097c8 Quit
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0000000000009918 The script checksum does not match, which indicates that the script for this application is either corrupt or has been tampered
0000000000009998 with
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00000000000099a8 Unable to write temporary files
00000000000099c8 Could not write to the /tmp/ directory.  Make sure this directory exists and that you have write privileges.
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000000000000a23c dictionaryWithContentsOfFile:
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Wow! There sure is a lot of funky stuff inside! Stuff like 'SillyStringEncrypt' and 'rot13:' and 'sillyEncryptString:'. And all this - for two measly command lines? Maybe we'd better run one of these suckers and see what they're up to. Another cartoon - but this time more like «Преступление и наказание».




So!

  • Anybody see a menu?
  • Anybody see anything?
  • Anybody see the progress bar?.
  • Anybody see the text window?
  • WTF was that shit anyway?
  • This is open source? And the scripts aren't even syntactically correct?
  • We double-clicked one freaking Cocoa bundle to run an embedded command line of either 83 or 84 bytes. People somewhere must be really stupid.
  • We couldn't even use one bundle instead of two and have a switch for the one toggle and another switch for the other toggle.
  • We couldn't even read the current status of the toggle.
  • WTF did we have the bundles with their menus, progress bars, and windows for? Who wrote this piece of shit? And where's the source code if this is open source? Is there any code?

Two sides of the same wooden nickel. On the one side we have a programming wannabe who picked up a book on Beige Box BASIC™, found himself tutt-ally fascinated, and decided to embark on a career as a software engineer.

Now flip the coin over. This platform known as OS X is used at Los Alamos. And NASA. And the Pentagon. And thousands of universities around the world. Just look at this page. And now these people are going to wander over to Apple's website and see 'Change Finder' listed under Apple's meagre 'open source' resources.

What are they going to think?

PS. If you do sit at the bus stop on Rodeo Drive be careful you don't get picked up for vagrancy. And don't forget you have to find a place to sleep for the night and no the bus stop on Rodeo Drive is not a good place to do that.

PPS. If you decide to try to get a job in one of the boutiques and they tell you «we're sorry we don't want any more stuff» it's not that they think you're a drug dealer - they're telling you they're not hiring on any more employees.

PPPS. If you really want to be an open source programmer and you initially run into trouble like this make a new version - there are always a few thousand unwitting fools around. [They're just not at Los Alamos or NASA.]

PPPPS. If you see a guy making espressos with a lemon twist, that's Serge. Say hello. And if you see two girls folding scarves, that's Romi and Michelle. Say hello. And tell them yes, CLIX already has the commands anyway.

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