I'm to the point where I don't think I can bring myself to answer pkgutil --expand-full again.

Like, ever again. I don't wanna be known for milking this one flag I dug up years ago.

But somehow, like, every time I come to this site, I see the exact same question. Here's a couple from today:

How can I open a .pkg file manually?
Foolproof way of extracting .pkg files

These turn up in my own searches (I was looking into using BOMs in the process of extracting files from disk images without ever mounting them).

And there's still no ready indication/pointer the other pretty much identical questions where that answer has drifted up to the top. So it makes me a little sad. I mean I'm aware some of them are old, but they still turn up pretty quite prominently. And I'm still a ways away from being able to close things dupes, and I'm not sure about that approact anyway... I just wanna be able to prominently link to... ok. Interesting. (Smacks forehead.) I guess I haven't answered that one all that all often here. They're all over at SO. Not sure if that makes me feel better or worse. (Do cross-site linked questions exist?) How to extract contents from 'Payload' file in a apple macOS update package?

Well I need to get some sleep, after that I'm sure I'll feel a bit better about it (or forget about it for another two months). But it makes me more sad than anything. Maybe I should just answer a bunch of ancient questions for posterity. I mean, it is the right answer.

Anyway, thoughts?

(Oh yeah, and I had a question. The "linked questions" in the sidebar is the domain of ...whom?)

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The "linked questions" in the sidebar is the domain of ...whom?

From the [linked-questions] tag excerpt:

The "Linked Questions" sidebar is a user-generated list of related questions shown when viewing a question. Its content comes from questions that users have linked in the question, their answers, or in comments, or questions which have been closed as a duplicate of the current question.

So everybody can contribute to that list.

I'm not really sure what you want to achieve with the rest of your post. If you see the umpteenth duplicate question about opening a package, just flag it as a duplicate. If it's not really a duplicate, one of the questions might be able to be turned into a canonical question.

  • Ah. It's an algorithm. For some reason I always thought it was curated. The canonical question thing is something I'll look into. Thanks. Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 12:31
  • @GeoffNixon I don't think it's an algorithm, so much as just a convenient accumulation of all the links people have posted in answers, comments, etc. No decision process involved anywhere.
    – SilverWolf
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 1:16

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