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Ma_Zentral 12


Welcome to the Ma_Zentral 12 Documentation. Ma_Zentral 12 is a set of useful scripts and applications making available a wide range of and applications. Ma_Zentral 12 runs on Windows XP (with some limitations) and above and fits on a double-layered DVD with 8.4 GB.

Unlike previous versions, Ma_Zentral 12 is not mainly a graphical interface allowing you to click on a program to start it but instead provides a few utilites and a tiny core component to increase working efficiency employing MDVL-like shortcuts to run applications and heavy reliance on console-based applications. With MinGW and Git for Windows, Ma_Zentral 12 makes the user able to run many UNIX commands like ls and use shell syntax like [ -f file.txt ] || : > file.txt. The old ma_shell(33) has been included again but it has become a lot less important. Finally, the Ma_Zentral 12 DVD allows you to boot a MDVL 32 CD including some of the most important MDVL applications and, of course, a fully functional MDVL configuration.

Ma_Zentral always contains a lot of outdated and potentially buggy software. Be sure to operate it from a readonly disk and make sure, the system does not automatically open antything from the internet with Ma_Zentral contained software because it likely contains a few security issues which are already known but not fixed on the DVD. Keep in mind that some of the DVD's applications are more than fifteen years old!

Basic Usage

Ma_Zentral 12's core component is mazentral12.exe, a compiled AutoIT-Script enabling common MDVL shortcuts slightly modified to be used with Windows.

Ma_Zentral 12 Main Shortcuts
Shortcut Action
ALTF1 Bash for Windows
ALTF2 Customized Executor to start applications
ALTF3 VIFM file manager
ALTF6 WinSCP (Eclipse on MDVL)
ALTF7 Firefox
ALTF8 Ma_Zentral Shell (similar to MAEM)
ALTF9 Process Explorer
ALTF10 7-Zip
ALTF12 Ma_Zentral MMC (Windows Vista and later)

All other applications can be run using ALTF2 and typing the application command. While this works for commandline applications as well, it is not recommended. Instead, ALTF1 should be used to start a terminal and the command should be run from there. When working with files, VIFM often choses a Ma_Zentral program to open common file types automatically. Finally, some mappings have been added to VIFM to create a MDVL like behaviour.

Ma_Zentral 12 VIFM mappings
Mapping Action
'a Go to %APPDATA%
'd Go to My Documents
'h Go to user home directory
'l Go to Downloads
'm Go to Ma_Zentral 12 Root directory
's Go to %TEMP%
't Go to Ma_Zentral 12 Cache directory
'w Go to %WINDIR%
'X Go to X:\ (works for all drives)
:run Invoke program below cursor
:hex Run Hex Editor on selected file
:cmd Open cmd.exe in a new window
:mashell Open ma_shell(33) in a new window
:7z Open selected file with 7-Zip
:materm Start a Terminal in PWD
:explorer Open this directory in explorer
:je Open selected file using JEdit
,1 to ,4 Open the selected file in VIM (split 1 to 4 times)
,p Open IrfanView
,t see :materm

Core Applications

With Ma_Zentral 12 there is no longer a centralized overview of all applications available. While they can all be found using the Executor or from a Terminal, it is necessary to provide an additional overview. The programs listed in this section are integral to Ma_Zentral and many of them have also been included in previous versions. Applications which have an own shortcut or can be run directly from VIFM (see tables above) are not mentioned separately here.

Windows-like Shells, mashell, mashelln and of course cmd may be used to enter a normal Windows shell. The mashelln command starts a new Ma_Shell like terminal and is the most reliable Windows-like shell you get with Ma_Zentral.
UNIX-like Shells
busybox, Git for Windows and MingW are inclueded to be able to run a normal shell. They support some common commands. By default, ALTF1 starts a Git for Windows Bash.
Text Editors
maedit is a simple Java Editor without search and replace functions, jedit runs a powerful graphical editor and vim is of course the preferred default.
Using libreoffice, a whole LibreOffice Portable is extracted to the Ma_Zentral TEMP directory. Also, pdflatex can be used to compile LaTeX from the commandline and pdflatexg provides the old Ma_Zentral behaviour which lets you select the source file interactively.
By default autoit opens the AutoIT Compiler, all other AutoIT related programs can only be run giving their path explicitely (try public/autoit).
File Analysis
Ma_Zentral 12 greatly improves the means of file analysis. The Hex Editor hxd edits raw files, filealyzer calculates checksums and graphs. Further graphs can be created using binvis and dirstat2l provides a Dirstat 2 working with a mobile PostgreSQL, dirstat2 invokes it without starting/connecting to a specific DB. windirstat and sequoiaview provide additional means of FS visualization.
Network Analysis
Once wireshark_instpcap has been run, wireshark and nmap can go into action and provide general network analysis. ncat also works without any driver. Rated compliance personal is inssider because it is only licensed for home usage.
firefox and lynx web browsers are provided. Also, one can use whois and wget for specialized internet tasks. A mobile thunderbird is also included.
server2go, postgres_mazentral, sqlitebrowser, MingW gcc, nasm and nasm_simple to compile a basic hello world-example. A fully-fledged JDK inlcuding the strong cryptography extensions is also included.
File Transfer
vcp, robocopy, rsync, cpio, tar, 7z and matransfer – a script to perform fast and unencrypted network transfer using NetCat.
Graphical core programs
apimonitor, autoruns, binvis, bluescreenview, eclipse, everything, foxitreader, gimp, iconview, imgburn, inkscape, irfanview, miktex, nifskope, putty, ultradefrag, vlc
Terminal core programs
A selection of important tools includes tickcount to view system uptime and rawcopy to perform dd-like copies. Qbasic is qb and compliance internal. core programs
big, bruteforce, xmlparser, pressed_keys, progress, labyrinthe3, netread, matrix, unraf (compliance internal), screenindex
ffmpeg and convert are included as part of ImageMagick and ready for use.
Games (often compliance personal)
Finally, like many previous versions, Ma_Zentral 12 alos contains a lot of Descent 3 related commands: descent3, descent3conf, d3edit, d3gamtool and d3tool just to mention a few. d1x-rebirth and d2x-rebirth are also included.
@AKG (all compliance informal)
The normal utilites: endor, sis_package_updater and helper scripts. informal/xrem/dks_term contains the said script to prevent DKS PC locking.
A few ...`view` programs are included to be able to find out what happened last on the current computer.

Additional files

Unlike with previous versions, there is not a single addtional_content directory but rather a xrem below each compilance level for which additional content exists. The only exception is prerelease/masysma/stne which contains a lot of STNE-related material which is also not accessible through the normal commands.

The respective xrem directories below some compliance levels have contents as described in this section.

Among a few license files for some of the applications which were directly stored in the bin* directories, we find a Setup for Ext2FSD, a Windows EXT driver which might come handy in case of emergency. Additionally, two demos only_four_colours_left and rot_ist_meine_kugel_rtificial are included. templates, the masysma_logo and avatar are also included.
As already mentioned, we find dks_term here. Additionally, some test vectors for JCE Unlimited Strength Cryptograhpy Extension (aescrypt.jar and readme.txt.aes with password testwort) and a Java3D demo are included. Finally, there is preliminary_avscan.7z, a 7-Zip archive of the log produced by Anti Vir for scanning a prerelease Ma_Zentral 12 tree with most programs already included. Two false positives are also included.
Some additional Descent 3 conversion utilities you will likely not need among license and readme files. Also, general_images, cartoons and a Minecraft Savegame
labyrinthe_heft (1 – 5)

It is possible to start a live MDVL 32 CD edition from a Ma_Zentral 12 DVD. Related folders included /isolinux and /live. These may safely be deleted without any effect on Ma_Zentral 12's Windows parts. The /repo directory contains an almost-complete MDVL repostitory. Together with either the MDVL 32 CD or any Debian installer, this allows a fully-functional MDVL to be installed.

Packages removed from the repo for space reasons
  • mdvl-ial (extract internal/masysma/ to /usr/share/mdvl)
  • mdvl-descent3-movies (copy from personal/descent3)
  • mdvl-d2x-rebirth-movies (copy from personal/d2x-rebirth/Data)


The installation routine has been improved to be faster if one installs most of Ma_Zentral 12. It allows you to delete some compliance levels from the installed version in order to comply with the programs' licenses. Also, it creates a DVD image first to get sequential reading speed (which is faster on a DVD than random access). Should you want to install to a drive/directory with less than twice the DVD size of space available you will need to perform the steps (or a normal copy) manually.

The Ma_Zentral 12 installation does not automatically perform any steps apart from transferring the DVD contents to the destination and may therefore safely replaced by a manual approach.

Licensing aspects

The parts of Ma_Zentral 12 are all below GPL 3 unless otherwise noted. Ma_Zentral 12 -- scripts to manage a DVD of portable applications
Copyright (C) 2014

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <>.

Licenses of the included programs are somitimes not clear. Basically, the following applies.

Means that you can use the included applications for private as well as commercial usage and that they can freely be copied. The strictest of the licenses to apply to these programs require you to leave the original program distribution intact.
These applications are safe for commercial usage as well but some additional restrictions apply.
These applications should be safe for commercial usage as well but the licenses are often not clear anymore.
As the name suggests, this is not yet suitable for any release and might contain more data than is allowed to be released.
Non-free content and restrictive licenses. To use this programs, you need to possess a valid license of the repsective application/s. Commercial usage is often restricted or disallowed.

Remember that this is only an aestimate. The licenses are explicitely not guranteed to be as described here.

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