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The "Linked Patches" are an unusual 68k code format in the System resource fork of Mac OS 7-9. They contain initialization code to run at boot and runtime code for installation in RAM-based vector tables.

The first Linked Patches shipped in the interdependent 'lpch' resources of System 7.0.

From System 7.5, 'gpch' resources contained groups of functionally related 'lpch' resources. A group could be loaded or not according to the host machine. This was controlled by one 'gusd' and multiple 'gtbl' resource.

patch_rip.py is a Python 3 script to dump a group of 'lpch' resources (or a single 'gpch' resource) to text.


First, pip3 install macresources to get the rfx command-line tool, which exposes the resources inside a resource fork like regular files.

Then point patch_rip.py at the System file of interest:

rfx ./patch_rip.py System/..namedfork/rsrc//lpch/   # macOS 10's kernel resource fork support
rfx ./patch_rip.py System.hqx//lpch/                # BinHex file
rfx ./patch_rip.py System//lpch/                    # Rez file named "System.rdump"

To dump a numbered 'gpch' file instead, replace //lpch/, which expands to a path for each lpch resource, with //gpch/NNN, which expands to a single path.

The output is not disassembled, but it is annotated with the known locations of specialised "jsr" instructions, etc.