Interarchy File Converters

Perfect example of why I love Interarchy: version 8.2 adds the ability to specify automatic file converters attached to any server or path. One of the built-in converters is for a new, open file format called Interarchy Backup Format:

As mentioned, we also wrote a Backup script which encodes all the meta data in an open format, including resource fork, BSD flags and weird things like ACLs and HFS+ extended attributes (I wish we did not have to write our own format, but there simply is not any existing format that supported 64 bit and all the meta data).

This is great for backing up files with important Mac metadata to remote servers that don’t natively handle such metadata.

Thursday, 2 November 2006