Archiving directories / zip format

John D McDonnell gorgarath at
Mon Dec 6 13:32:35 UTC 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Zbigniew Szalbot
> Dear all,
>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? Or are there any windows
> tools to unzip and/or extract content from tar.gz files?
> Many thanks in advance!
> Zbigniew Szalbot

In Windows, I used to use PowerArchiver, which supports pretty much
everything under the sun, until it was no longer freeware and have since
found ZipGenius (free) which also seems to do the same. I have some
issues with it crashing now and then and it doesn't seem as stable as
PowerArchiver was, but the worst that has happened to me is having to
force ZipGenius to close and then re-open the archived file.

John D. McDonnell
gorgarath at

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