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In Mac OSX if you have downloaded a zip/gz/bz2 file, and you double click it in Finder, then the archive is automatically extracted for you in a subfolder, which I find very nice. I am wondering if there is a similar file manager in the Linux world that has such a feature?

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You can typically create actions within the file managers, I know Nautilus provides this service, so you could create an action that's either custom to .zip files or could be a custom action on a context menu that would allow for this.

Actions are shown how here in this tutorial: How to Easily Add Custom Right-Click Options to Ubuntu’s File Manager.

NOTE: The key to this method is making use of a tool called Nautilus-Actions Configuration tool.

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Well, I usually use unp (from terminal), it unzip any kind of compressed file (zip, gz, bz2, tar.gz, etc) it's pretty nice:

$ unp mysql-connector-java-5.1.26-bin.jar
Archive:  mysql-connector-java-5.1.26-bin.jar
   creating: META-INF/
  inflating: META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
   creating: META-INF/services/
  inflating: META-INF/services/java.sql.Driver
   creating: com/
   ...
  • I forgot, you can install unp with brew (unp also is on debian/centos/arch repositories) – Dennis Ruiz Oct 2 '14 at 14:36

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