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Use Pacifist to examine potential malware installers Apps
Since Pacifist allows you to see exactly what a package will install and where, you can also examine the install scripts if you click on the Resources tab. So if a program were going to stick something unsavory in /Library -> StartupItems or /System -> Library -> Extensions, you would find out about it before the installation.

So if you've downloaded a package and you'd like to know what it's going to do before it does it, take a look at it with Pacifist first. But now I wonder if someone could write a script or such, so that Pacifist would automatically launch every time a package were double clicked. Waddya think?

[robg adds: Somewhat obviously, this only works for programs that use the package installer.]
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Use Pacifist to examine potential malware installers
Authored by: rhowell on Apr 12, '06 08:07:14AM

Does Pacifist show more information than what you get when you choose File->Show Files (or Command-I) from the /Applications/Utilities/Installer.app menu?



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You don't need Pacifist for this
Authored by: Mechanist on Apr 12, '06 08:07:48AM

The Mac OS X installer will tell you this, there's no need to buy Pacifist to get this information. When the installer starts up, just choose File --> "Show Files", and you'll get a detailed list of everything that will be installed.

As with the editor's note, this also only works on Mac OS X package-style installers, but hey, it's free.



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Use Pacifist to examine potential malware installers
Authored by: chuckster on Apr 12, '06 09:33:05AM
"But now I wonder if someone could write a script or such, so that Pacifist would automatically launch every time a package were double clicked."

If you can't figure out how to change the default app to open .pkg files in the Finder, I don't think you have much reason to be using Pacifist in the first place.

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Use Pacifist to examine potential malware installers
Authored by: wnorris on Apr 12, '06 12:49:54PM
But now I wonder if someone could write a script or such, so that Pacifist would automatically launch every time a package were double clicked. Waddya think?
You can simply change the default application for pkg files to be Pacifist. Just open the Finder info pane on a pkg file and change it there. Once you've inspected it in Pacifist, you can click 'install' to go through with the installation.

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