I have an account on a school system where they won't allow us to mount virtual images. I can run arbitrary programs as a user, though not as root. I've tried mounting it from the command line using diskutil and hdiutil (or somethings like that), and I have an application to convert it between .iso, .cdr, .dmg, and .img. I don't want to have to use Disk Utility to burn it to a CD each time to open it and don't want to need additional hardware (i.e. a CD-R or flash drive). I just want to get files off it. The particular image is Chrome for Mac.

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Pacifist allows you to examine the contents of packages and archives, including .dmg files, and extract individual files. Unfortunately, it may require you to authenticate as an Administrator to do so.

I would advocate caution in proceeding. Be certain you're not circumventing the intentions of your school's system administrators even if your actions are seemingly allowed based on the restrictions imposed.

  • Yep, and it doesn't even come in a DMG! :D Mar 21, 2012 at 1:47
  • Oh, and they state that their intentions are to prevent us from disabling their filters which keep out pornography and illegal content, which I won't be participating in. The main use is for Steam, Chrome, Adium, the like Mar 21, 2012 at 1:48
  • Aw, I tried it and it still gave me the popup requiring an administration password to open disk images. :( Thanks for the try, though. Mar 21, 2012 at 2:44
  • Sorry it didn't work for you.
    – jaberg
    Mar 21, 2012 at 2:44
  • It's fine. I probably shouldn't be doing this in theory anyways, but really don't like using an archaic form of firefox (or safari) Mar 21, 2012 at 3:22

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