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Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« on: November 23, 2007, 10:55:01 PM »
Is there a way to change the TAR function to use winzip instead ?

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2007, 12:36:00 AM »
No there is not, HFS only supports .TAR because it is an uncompressed archive.

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2007, 02:07:01 PM »
winzip supports tar.
in the future HFS may support ZIP.

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 06:51:10 PM »
Has there been any advancement on this particular front?

My site has only been up for a couple of weeks and I have already heard several complaints comments regarding TAR files. Usually they consist of a single sentence: "What the crap is a tar file?". I serve mostly non-technical users (obviously). When I try to explain how there are several small, free apps that can open TAR files, I am usually met with more confused questions. To work around this I have manually ZIP'ed all the folders myself and provided a link in the comments. But, as you can imagine, this us unsustainable as more and more files are added, replaced, removed, etc.

I don't want to start some flame thread, but....  Since all consumer OS's support ZIP files without the need for 3rd party software (where only *nix support TAR natively), and given some of the other inherent limitations of TAR, would not ZIP files be a better choice (or at least be able to choose a format)?

As an alternative to providing a ZIP directly from HFS, could I make to call a batch file so I can zip on demand?

Thanks. And I apologize if this has been discussed ad nauseum in another thread and I am beating a dead horse....

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 10:00:53 PM »
Has there been any advancement on this particular front?

nope

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would not ZIP files be a better choice (or at least be able to choose a format)?

yes it would.
tar was made because it required much less work.
my spare time is little and so much to do.
i wish someone would contribute with what's needed to get ZIP instead of TAR.
HFS cannot just use libraries available out there, because it's not really creating any archive on the server's disk. The archive is totally virtual, and has "random access".

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As an alternative to providing a ZIP directly from HFS, could I make to call a batch file so I can zip on demand?

something like that, even without a batch file.
you can use scripting command {.exec.}

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 11:31:41 PM »
Thanks for that update. A appreciate your candor. Tell me, when you say 'donate' are you talking the 'money' kind or the 'time/skillset' kind? Not having the latter, if the former in within my means, I could do it.

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 08:22:02 AM »
if you are talking about the "contribute" in my previous post, it's not a matter of money because i don't know anyone selling such thing.
paying a professional (like me) to do it would cost hundreds dollars (300+$) just for this zip thing. Doesn't seem a decent approach to our infinite to-do list. :)

while the word "donate" is the one i use for money as a gift, in some places of this forum.

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Re: Any way to use winzip vs TAR ?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2018, 11:32:08 AM »
I have written a addon (diff tpl) to archive files in ZIP archive

It uses JSZip javascript library on the client
For instructions look into the source
Tested with Chrome, FF, Edge, IE11
« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 04:16:09 PM by dj »

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