Using ditto on macOS

Recently I was investigating why this command returned a not authorised response:

spctl --verbose --assess --type execute --v ${fileName}.app

Turns out because I zipped the .app file like this:

zip -r zipped-file ${fileName}.app

This causes spctl to no longer find the correct notarized details.

Using ditto is a better solution:

ditto -c -k --sequesterRsrc --keepParent ${fileName}.app

Oh and by the way, do not use jar xf to unzip the file, instead use plain unzip or ditto if you don’t want spctl to complain.

By jochen

Developer at TestingBot and Tinder

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