2.15 Displaying, Decompressing, and Creating Archives
To save space on the hard disk, use a packer that compresses files and
directories to a fraction of their original size. The application Ark can
be used to manage such archives. It supports common formats, such as
tar.bz2, lha, and
Start Ark from the main menu or from the command line with
Figure 2-4 Ark: File Archive Preview
Once you have opened an archive, perform various actions.
offers options such as , , ,
, , , and .
Creating an Archive
To create a new archive, select .
Enter the name of the new archive in the dialog that opens and specify
the format using
After confirming with Enter, the Ark window shows an empty archive.
or by pressing
To fill the archive, drag and drop files and directories from the file
manager into this window or click or
to add the objects you want to add to the
To remove a file from the archive, select the file and click
If all files to be archived are displayed in the window, just close
Ark. Ark automatically compresses everything into the previously
selected archive format and saves the archive.
Viewing and Extracting Archives
To view the contents of an archive, start Ark and select to open
the file. Alternatively, just drag the archive from an open file
manager window to the Ark window.
To see a preview of individual files, select a file and click
To extract all files from the archive, click
If you want to extract individual files from the archive only, select
one or more files (by keeping the Ctrl
key pressed) and click . In the following
dialog, you can still decide to save or
Enter the path to the , select if
click to extract the files.