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Easily download sitx files in Safari Web Browsers
One of the big problems with Safari is that instead of downloading .sitx files, it opens them in the browser window. One solution is to set your OS X Server to Prevent 'garbled text' file downloads via server settings. Of course, if you don't own Server, there's not much you can do.

On the client side, you have a few options. The first is to control-click the link and download it to the desktop. Unfortunately, there are times when the text is not a hyperlink. In those cases, you can copy the text, then open the Downloads window (Command-Option-L) in Safari and paste (Command-V) the download link.
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Easily download sitx files in Safari
Authored by: on Aug 08, '05 10:56:52AM

...or you can just Option-Click the link.

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Easily download sitx files in Safari
Authored by: Spartacus on Aug 08, '05 11:27:07AM

The problem lies not with Safari but with badly configured web servers that associate a text MIME Type with sitx files. If the server is correctly configured, sitx files download alright in Safari. If not, Safari believes the web server when it says the file is plain text, so it displays it.

Of course, the workarounds described her are quicker than informing the webmaster and waiting until the problem is fixed server-side ;-)

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This is correct
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Aug 08, '05 12:03:58PM

Maybe these server admins just don't know what this proprietary sit/sitx format is.

Time to repack sit/sitx as tar.gz and dmg files and put StuffIt in the coffin with OS9 and Norton for Mac.

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This is correct
Authored by: Spartacus on Oct 14, '05 02:27:55AM

I couldn't agree more.

One of my biggest pet peeves is a 20 MB uncompressed disk image containing a 3 MB application and the disk image is then compressed with StuffIt (or zip, or gz, FWIW, but StuffIt is the slowest of the lot). Compressed disk images a so much more convenient.

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Don't forget...
Authored by: rootpoot on Aug 08, '05 01:43:53PM

Complain to whoever packed the archive.

StuffIt was headed for the grave before the .sitx format was introduced, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to use it.

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Don't forget...
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 08, '05 03:33:54PM

Agreed. At least Apple finally stopped infecting OSX with Stuffit Expander.

Lordy is it slow, and utterly unnecessary, these days.

Now, if Apple just follow through and have a contextual menu option to make a DMG from a selection in Finder.. much like "Create Archive of..."

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Piece of cake
Authored by: rjbailey on Aug 08, '05 05:09:34PM
Use On My Command with which you can write your own script to do this, or instead use this one or others available at the OMC website.

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Don't forget...
Authored by: Fuzzle on Aug 09, '05 10:24:11AM

There was an Automator script posted to add TGZing from the contextual menu. It's *censored*ing awesome. I'm thinking about trying to do a DMG version soon.

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Leave us alone
Authored by: Ilgaz on Aug 08, '05 05:28:23PM

I love tar.bz2 format but its not there for os x yet. Its a disk image format. Always been.

To suggest DMG , a disk image format for 4gb+ 200.000 files you must be mad as there is no recovery data.

I understand its kind of fashion to *censored* about sitx amongst geeks but it doesn't change they can actually _sell_ their software to people needing it.

Also pick any file on your system and zip it, with highest setting. Now sitx it with best setting. See difference in sizes. Remember you also stored user metadata, finder metadata too.

Oh anyway, its "cool" to *censored* about sitx anyway.

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Leave us alone
Authored by: rootpoot on Aug 08, '05 05:58:08PM

Apple's zip implementation stores resource forks. zip is an industry standard, you'd be hard pressed to find a machine that can't unzip an archive.

It's cool to bash StuffIt because StuffIt is so deserving of it. Not only is it incredibly slow, it's proprietary. Good luck getting recent StuffIt archives open on a FreeBSD or Linux machine.

The fact that Allume or Aladdin or whatever they're calling themselves now is still in business is not a testament to the quality of their software. After all, Quark is still (sort of) in business. Momentum in the file format industry takes a long time to taper off.

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ZIP format?
Authored by: Ilgaz on Aug 09, '05 03:17:29AM

Apple's zip implementation while they have bz2 in hand is just because win32 users won't jump up and down to find a tool to open them or even ignore attachment as a virus.

I have stuffit deluxe licenses both on os x and win32. I am happy with the compression rate and it serves to my needs especially on os x platform.

I would go with RAR if it natively supported HFS+ metadata.

ZIP became standard because its original author, inventor (RIP to him) was kind enough to give its sources free without any patents. ZIP is, always been a format designed for 8.3 filesytems without metadata.

I see you like opensource and "hate" commercial software but as I said, nobody having stuffit deluxe is sort of "moron" or anything.

Apple should go with tar.bz2 builtin with hfspax scheme but win32 users were the problem.

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ZIP format?
Authored by: Fuzzle on Aug 09, '05 10:26:02AM

Zip may have been originally designed without Metadata, but Apple's now supports it. What's the problem?

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Stuffit says
Authored by: Ilgaz on Aug 08, '05 05:32:04PM

StuffIt Deluxe for Mac, StuffIt Standard for Mac, StuffIt Express for Mac, StuffIt Express for Windows, StuffIt Linux for Linux, StuffIt Solaris for Unix, StuffIt Standard for Windows, StuffIt Deluxe for Windows

Why are the .sitx (or .sit, or .hqx) files I post on my server for downloading, displaying in users' browsers rather than downloading to their machines?

Web server software displays the contents of files in a client's browser unless it "knows" or is told to do otherwise. This is done by setting the correct MIME Types for specific types of files that should be treated as downloads for example.

As StuffItX (.sitx) is a relatively new format, an existing web server may not be aware of it and thus may display these files in a client's browser rather than cause them to be downloaded to their computer. This can be solved by adding an entry for StuffItX to the MIME types settings for the web server.

For an Apache web server add this line:

application/x-stuffitx sitx

to the following file:


Here are the settings for some other StuffIt files. You'll probably find your server is already aware of them and that these lines exist in the mime.types file:

application/x-stuffit sit

application/mac-binhex40 hqx

You can find information on other MIME types on the Internet media type registry at:

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Default Apps
Authored by: madsenj37 on Aug 09, '05 12:35:58PM

Defaults Apps is a 'plug-in' for Unsanity's Application Enhancer. It works very similar to the file extension control panel in Classic. I do not even need to set common files like .sit/.sitx

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