This is doing my head in!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sinecurea, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. sinecurea macrumors regular

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    #1
    Ok, I'm trying to install drivers for a scanner, but it's a Unix Executable File. How on earth do I use this file?!

    Cheers,
    S.
     
  2. sinecurea thread starter macrumors regular

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    #2
    Apart from this file, I have the main folder "Contents". If I can't use an executable file, where do I place the driver folder to enable it to be used by applications?

    Cheers again,
    S.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    #3
    Where did you get the drivers from? It sounds like they were packaged incorrectly.

    You seem to have an application without it's wrapper folder. On OSX most apps are really folders with a .app extension. The Finder knows to display these as apps.

    The structure is
    <app>.app
    Contents
    MacOS
    <app> <-- This is a Unix executable
    Resources
    files...

    There can be more folders in Contents than that. Perhaps if you drop Contents in an appropriatly named folder it will work?
     
  4. Chuckles macrumors member

    Chuckles

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    #4
    I'm not a Mac user yet, but I think I can help. In Linux, you do it like this:

     

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