LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-07-2017, 12:30 PM   #1
grumpyskeptic
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2016
Posts: 344

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Want to make a compressed copy of a large folder using a GUI


I have Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa Cinnamon.

For the below, I only want to use a program with a GUI please.

What I would like to do:

1) I would like to make a compressed copy of a large folder (which by the way includes lots of sub-folders which may go down several levels and which may include long file names).

2) Preferably I would like to use 7zip compression.

3) Preferably I would like to have a password.

4) As a bonus, this is probably not very likely, I would ideally like to be able to burn this directly to a DVD and preferably be able to add other folders in the same way until the DVD is filled up. In other words rather than needing two stages of a) making a compressed copy of a folder, and then b) burning this compressed file to a DVD, I would prefer to do this in one stage if possible.

In Windows XP it was very easy to do 1, 2, and 3 with the 7zip file manager, but there does not seem to be one in Linux.

I have tried to use Archive Manager, Ark, Backup Tool, Brasero, Xfburn, but none of them appear capable of doing the above.

Reminder - I would like to use a GUI please.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
AwesomeMachine
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: USA and Italy
Distribution: Debian testing/sid; OpenSuSE; Fedora; Mint
Posts: 5,513

Rep: Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009Reputation: 1009
To compress more than one file in a single archive you have to use
Code:
$ tar
Then you can compress the tar file. Graphical tar: https://sourceforge.net/projects/targui/
 
Old 02-07-2017, 12:53 PM   #3
Turbocapitalist
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: Linux Mint, Devuan, OpenBSD
Posts: 5,674
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906Reputation: 2906
Your file manager might already have that function built in. Select the files to be archived and then look around in the file manager's menu for creating an archive, such as .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 or similar. In Thunar, for example, you select, then right click, then choose 'Create Archive' from the menu that pops up. 7zip might not be an option though, in all file managers. It's there in Thunar but if it's not there in your system's then try something more common like bz2 or gz.

Last edited by Turbocapitalist; 02-07-2017 at 12:55 PM.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 01:14 PM   #4
Habitual
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: Abingdon, VA
Distribution: Catalina
Posts: 9,374
Blog Entries: 37

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Try the File Manager, right mouse click in Nemo, Thunar, whatever and select "folder".
only .zip and .cbz on my Mint show password options. Seems to be a 2 step affair.
p7zip doesn't encrypt. only compresses.

encrypt then compress
or
compress then encrypt

GUI? You have one.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #5
grumpyskeptic
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2016
Posts: 344

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Thank you for the replies.

When I right click on the folder in Nemo as suggested by Habitual, I am offered choices including "Duplicate" and "Compress". But I have been unable to find out any documentation or help about them.

What exactly do they each do please?

For example clicking on Duplicate produces a sliding bar without any further explanation. Is it preparing to make a duplicate copy of the folder, or is it looking for duplicate files in the folder, or what?

Similarly, does Compress compress each file in situ, or does it copy the files and then compress them, or something else?

I do not want to alter or compress the original folder, but only make a compressed copy of it that I can burn to a DVD.

I wonder if using the Windows 7zip file manager with Wine would be possible or reliable?

Thanks.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 03:52 PM   #6
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 17,420
Blog Entries: 10

Rep: Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237Reputation: 5237
1) - 3): i can do it with xarchiver under pcmanfm.
i just have to tell pcmanfm to use xarchiver (Advanced => Archiver integration), and i get a right-click menu for files and folders "Compress...".

Last edited by ondoho; 02-07-2017 at 03:53 PM.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 04:02 PM   #7
Habitual
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: Abingdon, VA
Distribution: Catalina
Posts: 9,374
Blog Entries: 37

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Links
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Scripts to list folder contents and copy images from folder and subfolders brunces Linux - Newbie 6 11-03-2011 01:23 PM
[SOLVED] Cant make new folder or copy paste in my newly created partition institopper Linux - Newbie 9 07-13-2011 10:05 PM
How to make typical UNIX copy / paste work in Fedora 13 GUI ? bfzhou Linux - Desktop 6 12-23-2010 12:47 PM
Multi-disk Copy Program Suggestion (Without Archive or Compressed Files) gnurob Linux - Software 9 03-07-2009 03:17 PM
Using Tar/Star to copy a compressed file from tape geokker Linux - Software 1 09-09-2005 07:32 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:10 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration