Archiving directories / zip format

andrew clarke mail at
Mon Dec 6 09:01:43 UTC 2010

On Mon 2010-12-06 08:17:17 UTC+0100, Zbigniew Szalbot (zszalbot at wrote:

> From time to time I want to archive a quite a few directories to
> download them conveniently. I have been using tar to do it, endingin
> up with a tar.gz file. But the problem with it is that I do not have a
> unix machine at home so if I want to extract something or unpack the
> content, there is no easy way to do that. My question basically is if
> there is a way to end up with a zip file?

As somebody else already mentioned there is zip/unzip in the FreeBSD
Ports tree.

There's also a BSD port of rar/unrar if you'd like to use the .rar
format instead of .zip.

> Or are there any windows tools to unzip and/or extract content from
> tar.gz files?

In Windows I use 7-Zip.  It's open source and supports .tar.gz,
.tar.xz, .zip, .rar and a number of other archive formats.

On the BSD side you can also use p7zip to create .7z archives that can
be opened with 7-Zip.

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