Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When browsing a directory structure in list view, packages and metapackages (.pkg and .mpkg) remain 'sealed' until you 'Show Package Contents'.

When you do this, a new window is opened. What I would like to do is browse the directory structure, including the contents of packages, in one list view. Possible?

share|improve this question

This doesn't answer your question as it's stated, but the Suspicious Package Quick Look generator gives some useful information about what a package will install and where its files will go.

Note that most (if not all) .pkg files contain an Archive.pax or file which won't give you much information on its own.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
Thanks, I'll look into that. I'm looking at packages that contain packages that (in some cases) contain packages and I'd like to be able to browse the whole tree. I'm not too fussed about browsing into archives. – Joe Feb 1 '10 at 16:49
As said, an archive contains Archive.pax or files which cannot be read directly through the Finder. Using Suspicious Package is a good choice, very effective. – Studer Feb 10 '10 at 14:53

Not with the native Finder, no. The Finder automatically lists the contents of some bundles (like frameworks), but it treats most bundles like a single file and thus does not show the file's contents.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.