[Scribus] This error message... and introductory post

avox avox
Fri Apr 13 01:45:14 CEST 2007

P!^VP 0!Z!^VP wrote:
> Safari can?t open the file ?scribus-1- because no 
> available application can open it."

This file with ending ".sig" contains a digital signature which can be used
to check the binary file you downloaded, in this case
"scribus-1-". You can open the .sig file with TextEdit and
lots of other programs, but no program told OSX that it's keen on opening
.sig files, so a doubleclick will not work. Instead, safe to disk and use
"Open with..." from the context menu. While you are at it you can check the
box "Always open these with ...", so the next time a doubleclick on a .sig
file will open TextEdit (or whatever you choose).

The idea behind all this is that you download some valueable data
(scribus-1- and want to check that it's not corrupted. There
are several ways to generate a signature (that's some short text of
seemingly random chars and numbers)  for this binary data, eg. SHA and MD5.
So you download the binary data, generate the signature locally with an
appropiate commmandline tool, and compare it to the signature posted on the
side where you downloaded the data.

Or you feel careless and optimistic and skip the whole signature part. :-)

Files with ending ".tar.bz2" can be unpacked with StuffIt Expander. In fact
this is a two-step procedure: first it is uncompressed using the BZIP2
method to get a (large) file with ending ".tar", then all files in that
".tar" file are extracted and placed in a folder. Unfortunately this large
".tar" file stays lying around when you use StuffIt Expander, so you might
want to trash it manually after unpacking.

Btw, scribus- contains the Scribus sourcecode. You probably
want ScribusAqua-, which unpacks into an application bundle
named "Scribus.app".

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