updated 02:35 pm EDT, Mon June 4, 2007
Xfile file management util
Rixstep today released update to its 'Xfile package' trial download for Mac OS X. Xfile is a completely Cocoa- and Unix- based file manager for Mac OS -- designed for professional developers and system/network administrators. The package now includes fourteen closely integrated file management utilities. Xfile, the company claims, is the only file manager for Mac OS X capable of seamlessly handling all file systems - fdesc, HFS+, HFS+ case- sensitive, UFS, volfs, ZFSa and is "the only file manager capable of detailing all file information available on Mac OS X - and offering full editing capabilities for all these system features." The software ($80) runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 as a Universal application. The trial runs runs only on the 'odd days' of June, July, and August and fully expires September 1, 2007.
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 also creates both hard and symbolic links. Other included utilities allow manipulation of two Unix and five HFS time stamps; batch and recursive mode and time stamping; the remarkable Xshelf; the comprehensive 'post mortem' analysis tool Tracker; complete access to 'legacy Mac OS' filesystem data; and more.
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 Mac, listing all files in eleven columns of file data, in a time span of one or two minutes. It can also scan entire networks at the same speed.
It comes with the proprietary ACP framework, offering seamless search capabilities in every program, full management of both the imagery and documentation systems, and more.