Introduction to Zip

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

Package Information

Installation of Zip

Install Zip by running the following commands:

sed -i -e 's@$(INSTALL) man/zip.1@$(INSTALL_PROGRAM) man/zip.1@' \
    unix/Makefile &&
make prefix=/usr -f unix/Makefile generic_gcc

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make prefix=/usr -f unix/Makefile install

Command Explanations

sed -i -e ... unix/Makefile: The Makefile has a bug which causes the installation to fail. This command fixes the problem.

make prefix=/usr -f unix/Makefile generic_gcc: This command overrides the prefix variable that is set to /usr/local in the unix/Makefile which is used as a Makefile and builds the executables for a Linux system. The 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 disabled in this version of Zip. It will display a message about how to support encryption by recompiling with


reads or writes comments stored in a ZIP file.


is a utility to split ZIP files into smaller files.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600