How can I create a zip archive using the graphical interface of Ark and use "Store" instead of "Deflate" for compression?


Apparently, there are significant differences between the versions regarding the compression methods.

The statement 'screenshot from a freshly installed Ark 22.12.3' by @Marcus Müller prompted me to open Ark on another machine.

Ark 18.8.3

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Ark 20.12.2

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I have also found this sentence now on Creating Archives and Adding Files.

Note that using compression methods other than the pre-selected defaults may limit compatibility with file archivers. For example, opening zip archives with compression methods other than “Deflate” requires newer archiving software.

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It's right there, when you click on "Compression", then select "Store" under "Method".

Ark screenshot
screenshot from a freshly installed Ark 22.12.3

After you add a file, you can inspect your archive with file:

$> file a.zip
a.zip: Zip archive data, at least v1.0 to extract, compression method=store
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    Sometimes it's the simplest things, like versions :-)
    – Z0OM
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 6:31
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    Glad it helped! By the way, I assume this is for exchange of files that already are compressed with other operating systems that do not come with Unix-typical .tar or cpio or similar tooling, right? If you need just a nice archive that compresses faster than your SSD can write, try tar.zst, in low compression level. Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 9:27
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    Yes, I had to modify the file. I think it was originally created with WinRAR on Windows. It was about a bootanimation.zip for Android that somehow requires 'store' instead of 'deflate' in order for the boot animation to work.
    – Z0OM
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 23:32

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