Introduction to Zip

The Zip package contains Zip utilities. These are useful for compressing files into ZIP archives.



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Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of Zip

Install Zip by running the following commands:

make -f unix/Makefile generic_gcc

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make prefix=/usr MANDIR=/usr/share/man/man1 -f unix/Makefile install

Command Explanations

make prefix=/usr -f unix/Makefile install: This command overrides the prefix variable that is set to /usr/local in the unix/Makefile. Alternatives to generic_gcc can be seen with a make -f unix/Makefile list command.


Installed Programs: zip, zipcloak, zipnote, and zipsplit
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


compresses files into a ZIP archive


is a utility to encrypt and decrypt a ZIP archive


reads or writes comments stored in a ZIP file


is a utility to split ZIP files into smaller files