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Compresses files to an archive.

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MBS( "Archive.Compress"; Format; Filter; Destination; BasePath; List { ; Options; Password } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
Format The format to use.
Formats: 7zip, ar, arbsd, argnu, arsvr4, bsdtar, cd9660, cpio, gnutar, iso, iso9660, mtree, mtree-classic, newc, odc, oldtar, pax, paxr, posix, raw, rpax, shar, shardump, ustar, v7tar, v7, warc, xar, zip.
Filter The filter to use.
For zip format can be store or deflate.
Filters: b64encode, bzip2, compress, grzip, gzip, lrzip, lz4, lzip, lzma, lzop, uuencode, xz, zstd.

Not all filters can be combined with all formats.
Destination The native file path to the destinaton archive.
Or file name for container.
BasePath The bath path to the folder where to look for files. "C:\test"
List the list of files and folders to add to archive. "test.txt"
Options The options to pass to writer.
This is a comma-separated list of options. Option names can be prefixed with module name.

Sample options:
"zip:encryption=zipcrypt" Optional
Password The passphrase to use for password protection. "secret" Optional


Returns OK, container or error.


Compresses files to an archive.
Supports various compression algorithms and encryption.
The archive usually should not contain the absolute paths of the files, so we need a base path and relative to that base path the list of files and folders to zip.


Compression examples:

# list of files in the folder to archive
Set Variable [ $list ; Value: "minitar.c¶simplebar.rbp¶test/other.txt" ]

# write zip file with password
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "Archive.Compress"; "zip"; "deflate"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/"; $list; "zip:encryption=zipcrypt"; "secret password" ) ]

# Write bzip2 compress tar file:
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "Archive.Compress"; "ustar"; "bzip2"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/minitar.tar"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/") ]

# and write zip with aes encryption to container file:
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "Archive.Compress"; "zip"; "deflate"; ""; "/Users/cs/Desktop/"; $list; "zip:encryption=aes128"; "secret password" ) ]
Set Field [ Archive Read::Container ; $r ]

Compress with UTF-8 file names:

MBS( "Archive.Compress"; "zip"; "deflate"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop"; "Bücher"; "hdrcharset=UTF-8" )

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Created 17th December 2018, last changed 19th November 2021

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