This is extract-xiso v1.4 by in <[email protected]>

Hey, it's a new version!

First, read the readme for version 1.1 to get an idea of what the program does:


This is extract-xiso v1.1 by in <[email protected]>

This tool will extract an xdvdfs (xbox iso) image into the current directory, unless the -d <directory> option is given, in which case it will first change to the specified directory and then extract.

The top level directory for any extracted xiso will be the name of the iso image minus any (case-insensitive) '.iso' extension.

Passing the -q option (for quiet) will suppress any output.  Passing the -l option (for list) will list the contents of the image but not extract.

Any number of iso files may be specified on the command line for extraction.
Run the extract-xiso command with no parameters for help text.

Currently there are three versions:

For darwin/MacOS-X, there is a dynamically linked binary called 'extract-xiso'.

For linux there are two versions, a dynamically linked ELF binary which should run with libc6 called 'extract-xiso', and a statically linked binary called 'extract-xiso-static' which you should use if you get runtime errors (unresolved symbols and so on) when you try to run the dynamically linked version.

Finally, if you unzip these files and they won't execute, you might try setting the execute bit(s) on the file with a command like this from your shell prompt (represented below by unix:~$):

unix:~$ chmod a+rx extract-xiso


in - March 11, 2003

README.TXT for version 1.4:

	v1.4 adds support for FreeBSD and an optimization to the runtime memory usage.


	v1.3 is a maintenance release only--fixed a critical bug in the offset calculation that was causing a core dump on a few xiso's.  Should work fine on all xiso's now.


	Before we get going, let me first say to everyone, don't you *DARE* send me an email until you've *at least* read this file in its entirety.  I wrote it to help you, so check it out.

	That having been said, I'll outline the new features/changes and then I'll have a section for newbies who have questions.

New features for version 1.2:

	extract-xiso now supports direct-to-ftp-server extraction.  This is a real boon for those of you who, like me, are really lazy.  The new switches are:

-f <ftp_server>

	Specifying -f and then a hostname or IP address will cause extract-xiso to connect to the supplied server name as the target of the extraction.

-u <user name>
-p <password>

	Since you probably have your ftp server set up to use a username and password, you can specify these options to set those values.

-d <directory>

	This option used to set the directory to extract to if you were inclined to extract to someplace besides the current directory.  It still does this in normal "extract to local filesystem" mode, but if extract-xiso is running in upload (-f <ftp_server>) context it will change to the directory on the remote server prior to uploading.  You'll pretty much want to use this switch whenever you're using ftp.  Please note that in no case will extract-xiso try and create the directory specified here.  I put this in as a safety measure because I thought it was a good idea ;-)

	Other than these changes, there isn't anything new other than a few bug fixes and some optimizations to how it traverses the directory structure.  Things that would probably bore you to tears, honestly :)

Now a few words about emailing me!

My email address is in here for those people that are interested in the following:

	1)  Requesting new features
	2)  Reporting bugs
	3)  Asking development-related questions
	4)  Telling me how much you like the program

	I *DO NOT* have time to answer technical support questions.  If you think this is *just* the program you've been looking for, but you don't know how to operate a unix command line, please *DO NOT* waste my time asking me how to use this program.  I'm sure there are numerous book stores in your area which have beginner books on Unix and I know there are thousands (millions?) of web sites dedicated to the topic.  Please help yourself to some of this information, I assure you it will be worth your time.

	Now, since I have received several emails asking the same question ("HOW DO I USE THIS?") I'll give you the best answer I can:


	First, this will be targeted at MacOS X users, I'll assume you kids with linux boxes know what you're doing...

	Second, I'm going to assume you know nothing about unix here so pardon me if any of this is redundant.

	Third, I'll also assume you're using an xiso image of public domain software, I don't/can't/won't condone software piracy, I'm sure you understand.

	Fourth, I'll assume you've downloaded the stuffit file and extracted it to your desktop.


You first need to make sure the extract-xiso file itself is executable.  It should be if you extract the archive with stuffit, but to make sure, open the terminal and type:

cd ~/Desktop/macos-x

This will change to the folder on your Desktop that the extract-xiso file is in.

Now type:

ls -l extract-xiso

You should see that the file is executable (it'll have 'x' characters in the permission string, as in:

 -rwxr-xr-x    1 in       staff         21k Mar 14 15:05 extract-xiso*

If it doesn't have any x's, type:

chmod a+x extract_xiso

That'll make it executable (if you want, you can type this command anyway just to make sure, it won't hurt anything).

Next, copy the file you want to extract to your Desktop.  You can do that in the Finder.  Just move it to your Desktop from wherever it is now.

Now go back to your open Terminal window which has ~/Desktop/macos-x as the current directory and type:

./extract-xiso ~/Desktop/file.iso

That's it!  You should see a bunch of files extract and when you click on your Desktop you'll see a new folder with your files in it.

	Now, let's say you wanted to extract directly to a ftp server of some sort...  Here is how that might work:

	Let's say you have an ftp server running at,
for which your username is "xbox" and your password is "xbox", and you also have an xiso file called "my_files.iso".  Let's further surmise that your ftp server has a /f/ directory which you want to upload the contents of the xiso to.  You would then type something like this on your command line:

extract-xiso -f -u xbox -p xbox -d /f my_files.iso

	And away it would go.  Now for those of you who are *really* new to this, and who are intending to upload to an ftp server which uses some sort of MS-DOS-like directory nomenclature (like EvoX for instance ;-), don't worry about backslashes versus forward slashes, just use a leading forward slash, convert the backslashes to forward slashes, and omit the colons.

So if the path looks like it should be F:\ or F:\GAMES\ or somesuch, you'll just use (for the -d argument, remember??) /f/ (or /f) and /f/games/ (or /f/games) respectively.  Got it?

Until next time,

in - March 30, 2003