Snow Leopard and file type affiliations/"open with" preference

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zen, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Possibly listed in the Snow Leopard bugs thread, but I couldn't find it.

    I use Comic Book Lover to read digital comics - these are .cbr and .cbz files, which are comic rar and zip archives, respectively. Pre-Snow Leopard, these were recognised by Comic Book Lover as Comic Book Lover files, complete with custom icons, icon previews, etc.

    I also use .rar and .zip files for archiving.

    When I installed Snow Leopard, it read all .cbr files as .rar files for Stuffit Expander, and .cbz as .zip files. I actually use UnRarX for rar file management, so using the Get Info box I changed all .rar files to use UnRarX, .cbr and .cbz to use Comic Book Lover, and .zip to use the standard Archive Utility.

    Problem is Snow Leopard is not distinguishing between .rar and .zip and .cbr and .cbz. Once I've changed all .cbr and .cbz files to open with Comic Book Lover, all .rar and .zip files also get changed! Likewise if I set all .rar files to be opened with UnRarX, this changes all .cbr files!

    Clearly Snow Leopard is handling file types in a new way. Is there anyway around this, or am I going to have to pick one file type affiliation that would be most useful (say .cbr and .cbz opened with Comic Book Lover), and live with having to right-click on a .rar or .zip file to say "Open with..." UnRarX or Archive Utility?

    It's a real pain seeing as I deal with large numbers of these file types every day.
  2. zen thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    No one, huh?

    It can't just be Comic Book Lover and .cbr/.cbz files. Snow Leopard must be handling file types in a new way if it sees a .cbr not as a Comic Book Rar Archive, but just as a Rar archive.

    It must be doing this for other file types as well. Worked fine under Leopard.
  3. fishmoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    I had a simillar thing with files like this name.01 that's a rar file, but you can't set it to open all .0X with unrarx.

    I don't remember it being like that in Leopard, I think both of our problems are bugs.
  4. mgirg macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2008
    I am having another I think related problem. In leopard when using quick look to look at .cbr and .cbz files you could view and read the comic, but in snow leopard it only seems to work with .cbz files, I cant view .cbr files in quick look.

    Do you guys have the same problems?

  5. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2008
    London City
    im sure this is a bug that apple need to sort out since i had no problems with file types and apps used to open them in 10.5

    10.6 i am having problems with .jpegs gifs pngs as they all decide to open up in photoshop cs4 which i use. but after a number of times changing it to preview it still opens in cs4
  6. LordMelkor macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2008
    I'm having this same issue. The unusual thing I found however, while digging around in various plist files, was that cbz, is not listed anywhere in Archive's info.plist file. How does the OS know then that Archive Utility is able to open cbz archives??
  7. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Apple did get rid of document creator codes in SL. See here. That might very well be the problem.

    You might try the utility LaunchCodes and see if that works. It brings creator codes back.

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