Please R.T.F.M. !
(Read The "Following" Manual,
in this page AND in
the "try" section)
If you generally use apps without reading the manual, this
time, my friend, it won't work. Simply because without the
instructions you won't be able to access the coolest
features included in Chop.
Chop is basically a Cocoa droplet (for Mac OS X) that lets
you manage file/folder ownership and permissions. There're
a lot of
that can perform similar tasks, but Chop has some particular
features that make it "unique" in its genre.
Chop operates in three different modes:
In default mode
Chop lets you recursively modify the permissions of a
folder and its entire content, treating
files and folders independently.
This means, for example, that with ONE sim
drag & drop
operation, you could set all the files (enclosed in the
folder you drag & drop onto Chop) to be rw-rw-r--
(664) and all the subfolders to be rwxrwxr-x (775). In
is often requested
to give executable privileges to folders and not to files.
, Chop lets you change ownership and permissions
of a single file or folder (without modifying the enclosed
This mode can also be used as a sort of "Info panel" that
shows at a glance all the attributes (ownership and
permissions flags) of the desired file or folder
lets you delete
all the invisible ".DS_Store" files
enclosed in a particular folder
with a single drag & drop operation. That's
useful for example when compressing
into a .zip archive
to send to
your PC friend, so that he won't say "Macs
suck, always putting that invisible crap…";
or before burning a hybrid (Mac&PC) CD.
In the "try" section you'll learn how
to use these modes.
A little bit of "grammar"
Let's define a new meaning for the verb "to chop":
on, "chop" will mean "change ownership
and/or permissions". Thus,
if the app is chopping a file, it is actually changing its ownership