Taccy – troubleshoot privacy problems
Taccy examines an app’s Info.plist file and its code signature to discover its full settings for accessing protected data, particularly in Mojave. Helps you decide whether to add it to Full Disk Access, and debug problems with the privacy system, TCC. Ideal for advanced users, sysadmins, developers, security researchers, and anyone exploring macOS. First release with detailed Help book and more.
Taccy 1.0b (Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Signet – scans and checks bundle signatures
Scans a selected folder looking for apps and other bundles. For each found, checks it signature and reports any problems, including revocation, missing signature, or obsolete signature type. Invaluable for finding gronky old software, apps which have had their certificates revoked, and more. Does Gatekeeper’s job properly. First release with detailed Help book and more.
Signet 1.0 (Mojave and High Sierra only)
Precize – looks deep into files, bundles and folders to show their full size including extended attributes, provides macOS Bookmarks and volfs paths as enduring file references, and detailed information contained in Bookmarks and Aliases
Drag and drop items onto Precize and it tells you how much space they really take on disk, including all their extended attributes. It lists all inode data and gives
volfs and File Reference URL paths to an item. It also provides macOS Bookmarks, and its integrated Bookmark Resolver locates and previews files from their Bookmarks. New version checks its own integrity when opened, and improved functionality in text views.
Precize 1.8 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
Alifix – refreshes Aliases and identifies broken Aliases
Scans folders deeply to identify and refresh all Finder Aliases, including those made by
alisma. Reports all that are broken, and optionally writes adjacent text file with their internal details to help you repair the Alias. Second beta for High Sierra 10.12.2 and later, with much improved refreshing of Aliases. Ideal before and after cloning or copying large folders or volumes, and as periodic housekeeping.
Alifix 1.0b2 (for Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave).
UTIutility – UTI scanning and conversion utility
UTIutility can scan folders to discover and list all the different UTI type designators used, and converts between UTIs, filename extensions, MIME types, and more. First full release has extensive Help book and more.
UTIutility 1.0 (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave)
alisma – a command tool to create Finder aliases, and to resolve them to full paths
alisma is a small command tool which gives access to Finder aliases from Terminal and shell scripts. It has two options, one which creates a Finder alias to a given file/folder, the other which resolves and existing Finder alias to the full path to the file/folder. Now signed, hardened, notarized, and compatible with Catalina.
alisma 2 (El Capitan to Catalina)
To use the log feature in Taccy, it has to be run from an admin user account. This is a limitation imposed in the
log show command in macOS.
Solving problems with Mojave’s privacy protection
Finder Aliases and Bookmarks: a summary
Copies, clones, links and aliases: summary in tables
Entitlements: how apps get back what they’ve given up
What are those Us? A journey with UTIutility version 1.0 – UUIDs and UTIs
Missing types of files: the bug in UTIs
Identifying file types: UTIs, filename extensions, and another free app