Uncompress Mac OS X on Classic

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kiel, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Kiel macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    Hi, I have a iBook with an OS 9 and I'm having trouble opening zip files from OS X. Using Stuffit on OS X to compress it as sitx and uncompress using Expander on OS 9 seems to cause an error during the expansion. Then trying to open a file causes an error -39.

    This is probably because OS X makes a _MACOSX folder for resource forks and stuff and OS 9 has no idea on how to put it back together.

    I found a similar post online http://see.yourweb.de/zipjoiner/ but this site doesn't have the link to this ZIP-JOINER! program and it's impossible to google "ZIP-JOINER!" or who knows if it still exists.

    Is there a solution for this? Basically, how can I open a compressed file, from an OS X, from an OS 9? Thanks.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    What about .zip files created straight from OSX using the archive option in Finder and unzipped with Stuffit/MacZip/Zipit in OS 9?
  3. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    I believe using .sitx is your problem. If it were .sit then you would probably be okay, but .sitx is the newer extension they started using when OS X came out. Try using .zip (or .sit if you can).
  4. Kiel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    I'm sorry, I forgot to mention that I also tried compressing the folder on OS X to .zip and it didn't work trying to uncompress on OS 9. It makes a lot of 0 kb files and shells that has the name, but doesn't work. I think it's the way OS X compresses things and I don't know if anyone bothered making a program for OS 9 that fixes that, since everyone seems to be using OS X.

    As for using Stuffit on OS 9, I don't think there's even a place to download the trial version online anymore. All the versions are now for OS X, which doesn't help my iBook.

    Can Stuffit Deluxe 2011 compress files to .sit and not .sitx and is it backwards compatible? How can I uncompress files on OS 9 that was compressed on OS X?
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If we step back a bit and look at what you're trying to achieve, which is file transfer, what kind of files are these? Why do they need to be compressed and how do you transfer them to your iBook?

    Also, is there any reason why you can't upgrade your iBook to an early version of OS X?
  6. Kiel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    Apple really made things difficult for such an otherwise simple task!

    I'm trying to transfer Starbound II. I downloaded it in Dropbox, but it can now be found in http://www.starbound.co.cc/download.html

    Starbound II needs to be ran in a Classic environment and is incompatible with OS X and higher. I've been trying to compress the file in different formats and been uploading them on mediafire from a friend's MacBook, because the original program was ironically compressed on OS X, which OS 9 can't open.

    It's a fun paradox. I wonder if I should ask someone from the original thread who has the program in Classic can compress it and upload it, if someone will?

    I heard some people overstepped this program by running this Sheepshaver emulator, but that seems to complicated for me and I've read that legality of it can be questionable.

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