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KDE's "ark" as a command-line universal (un)archiver

Posted 07-28-2014 at 03:44 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags ark, zip

For some reason I was having issues with some zip files. "Unzip" wouldn't unzip them, but ark (and perhaps other GUI archivers) would.

Fortunately ark can be used as a command line tool as well, which can be better than needlessly opening the full GUI just to make something so trivial. You still can invoke just the dialog, anyway.

But in order to extract something, for example, one can just use:

ark -b -o ./extantfolder

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Possible bug with Debian's Konqueror/Dolphin/KDE and zip extraction, and how to fix

Posted 05-09-2014 at 02:39 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 05-10-2014 at 01:38 PM by the dsc
Tags bug, debian, kde, zip

I noticed that there was no longer the "extract" context submenu for zip files after one of the last updates. Then I went to check the ".desktop" files on /usr/share/kde4, and noticed that they had an editing mistake in the mimetype line:

MimeType= ... application/x-lzma-compressed-tar;application/zipapplication/x-deb; ...
I guess it was probably something related with deb packages, which must have edited this line and "forgot" to add the...
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