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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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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 zip, tar.gz, tar.bz2, lha, and rar.

Start Ark from the main menu or from the command line with ark.

Figure 2-4 Ark: File Archive Preview

Once you have opened an archive, perform various actions. Action offers options such as Add File, Add Folder, Delete, Extract, View, Edit With, and Open With.

Creating an Archive

  1. To create a new archive, select File > New.

  2. Enter the name of the new archive in the dialog that opens and specify the format using Filter.

    After confirming with Save or by pressing Enter, the Ark window shows an empty archive.

  3. To fill the archive, drag and drop files and directories from the file manager into this window or click Add File or Add Folder to add the objects you want to add to the archive.

  4. To remove a file from the archive, select the file and click Delete.

  5. 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

  1. To view the contents of an archive, start Ark and select File > Opento open the file. Alternatively, just drag the archive from an open file manager window to the Ark window.

  2. To see a preview of individual files, select a file and click Preview.

  3. To extract all files from the archive, click Extract.

    If you want to extract individual files from the archive only, select one or more files (by keeping the Ctrl key pressed) and click Extract. In the following dialog, you can still decide to save All Files or the Selected Files Only.

  4. Enter the path to the Destination Folder, select if to Open Destination Folder After Extraction and click OK to extract the files.

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