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Bug 544668 - symbolic links not shown in zip files
symbolic links not shown in zip files
Product: file-roller
Classification: Applications
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: file-roller-maint
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-07-25 10:51 UTC by Josselin Mouette
Modified: 2020-11-11 19:14 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.21/2.22

Description Josselin Mouette 2008-07-25 10:51:32 UTC
[ Forwarded from by “redomen” ]

If a zip file contains a symlink it is not shown in file-roller.
Tested with:
ln -s somefile somesymlink
zip -y somesymlink
unzip -l

[ Additionnal comments ]

This is even more annoying since, as explained in bug#462371, file-roller does create archives with symbolic links. Personnally, I disagree with the reporter of bug#462371 and think that file-roller should, at least by default, have full support for symbolic links (archive and unarchive).
Comment 1 Eric Piel 2008-09-07 10:26:08 UTC
For me, with the latest version of file-roller (2.23.91) this works fine: the link file is there. There is still no info that this is a symlink, but in file-roller this is a missing feature.

Please close this bug if this is fixed on your side as well :-)
Comment 2 Edward Rudd 2010-08-09 19:14:10 UTC
in file-roller 2.30.1, it DOES create zips with symlinks (I am zipping up a game demo distribution with symlinks in a lib folder).  When doing a right click extract in Nautilus OR doing an extract all in file-roller the symlinks are correctly restored in the extraction..   This is not the case when doing a partial extraction or dragging and dropping out of file-roller into nautilus. (in my case there is ONE root folder and drag-dropping or extracting just that folder fails to recreate symlinks, however the extracting all files works fine.. even though in all cases it IS all the files).
Comment 3 André Klapper 2020-11-11 19:14:46 UTC is being replaced by We are closing all old bug reports and feature requests in GNOME Bugzilla which have not seen updates for a long time.

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