Celebrate Jurassic Park with File System Visualizer on OS X

If you thought the 3D program in the original Jurassic Park movie was fake, you’re wrong. And you can install it on OS X.  It’s called File System Visualizer (clone of the original 1992 SGI program, fsn) and has been around since 1999.


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One way to install it is to use Mac Ports.  It does require XCode as a prerequisite but the installation procedure is fairly straight forward.  You’ll also need XQuartz to run the program.

With Mac Ports, the installation is as easy as:

% sudo port install fsv
--> Computing dependencies for fsv

--->  Cleaning fsv
--->  Updating database of binaries
--->  Scanning binaries for linking errors
--->  No broken files found.

And you’re done. Now you can run the File System Visualizer with the command fsv.

2 thoughts on “Celebrate Jurassic Park with File System Visualizer on OS X

  1. When I enter the command I get an error “Error: Port fsv not found” I downloaded the FSV install folder… but where do I put it? I’ve tried CDing into it and running the MacPorts command again but same error. Help?

    1. As of MacPorts 2.4.1, I also do not get any information about fsv.

      port info fsv
      Error: Port fsv not found

      The only thing I can suggest is to file a bug with MacPorts.

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