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Mac to square one
Gaaahhhh. I can't run BootX on the G3. It says the application is a document, and it doesn't know what created it. I'm not doing anything weird to it: I'm just copying it from one Mac to another, via a USB stick. If I binhex the app (or even the whole folder) first, I can't unpack it at the other end. Stuffit Expander turns BootX.hqx into Archive.sitx, and then tells me that Archive.sitx isn't compressed or encoded and it can't do anything with it.

ETA: Installed a new version of Stuffit on the G3, had another go at unpacking the .sitx.hqx, and got an Error #17540 (format error). Some very brief and tired Googling suggests that this is Stuffitese for "SNAFU". I tried running the BootX app (which seemed to have been unpacked despite the error) but that gave an error of type -39 (eofErr), so obviously didn't unpack properly.

I mean, look, be honest here, am I just being dim?

I have already set a possible Plan B (the "acquire more tractable hardware" plan) in motion, but I am going to be mightily pissed off if it turns out that the G3 is more stubborn than I am. Or cleverer.

Current Mood: Full of fail

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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StuffIt) suggests that sitx files are for newer StuffIts only; maybe you need to update StuffIt?
j4 From: j4 Date: May 17th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'd wondered about that after posting but your comment saved me searching. :-) Entry now edited to add the results (sadly now there's a different problem...)
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: May 17th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty sure that .sitx archives won't unStuff under OS 9; I've had that problem before on an Old World G3.

I do have an unStuffed complete BootX folder here, if you want me to mail it to you (4.1 MB)
j4 From: j4 Date: May 17th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
As I said, I tried transferring an unstuffed copy of BootX to the G3, and that didn't work; that's why I was trying to binhex it before transferring it & then debinhex on the G3. The G3 isn't networked, otherwise I'd have just downloaded BootX straight to it.
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