mtftar on osx 10.6 snow leopard
I tend to keep files for an eternity and some of them go way back to no longer supported formats, or different operating systems altogether. This short post is about opening Windows Backup .bkf files on OSX Snow Leopard.
I did end up with a 20GB .bkf file that I could not open on my Mac so after some googling, I found mtftar. It's a nifty little utility to translate .bkf files to the tape archiver format (tar). Trouble is, it did not compile on OSX. But an hour later, after sourcing various files from here and there, and making little tweaks for 10.6, I have what looks like an 64 bit intel command line binary for OSX Snow Leopard. In the spirit of the intertubes, I offer my copy to those in need. It includes a precompiled binary and source files.
I am not affiliated with neither the original mtf author, nor the one behind mtftar. I cannot and will not offer any support for this. It will very likely not work on OSX 10.5 and older. It will most likely not run on OSX 10.7. It does not work on PowerPC. Probably not necessary, but you may need the developer tools installed.
Got that above? Download: mtftar.osx.10.6.zip
Copying from the readme:
mtftar is most often used as a filter, as in:
mtftar < MyBackup.bkf | tar xvf -