Problem when open ZIP file to read html file with

John Hupp lubuntu at
Thu Jun 19 16:08:14 UTC 2014

On 6/19/2014 11:16 AM, Emiliano Vazquez wrote:
> El 18/06/14 19:28, Paul Sutton escribió:
>> Just tried to extract a zip file downloaded from github,  got an 
>> error turns out it wasn't fully downloaded.  Once downloaded fully it 
>> was fine.
>> Paul
> Hi Paul.
> The problem is when you open a compressed file with links to other 
> files inside the same zip.
> There is an example:
> Is Lubuntu home page downloaded to my Desktop and compressed using 
> Lubuntu (is the same Lubuntu, Windows or Mac)
> When you download the file you have two options:
> 1. Extract the file to temporary folder. go to this folder and see the 
> file "lubuntu | lightweight, fast, easier.html"
> 2. Click on Lubuntu.tar.gz and click again on "lubuntu | lightweight, 
> fast, easier.html"
> In the second escenary you will see the html but it will be 
> incomplete. Will fail to open images because those images does not 
> exist in the temp folder created.
> If you run this example you will need to flush your cache from 
> firefox. This is necesary to load every file again.
> Thanks
> Emiliano

File-roller supports calling an app to open a file within the archive, 
but at that point Firefox is seeing (within the html code) path 
references to images, etc., and asking pcmanfm to locate those files in 
the file system.  And of course, they don't exist in the file system 
unless they have been extracted.

I think it wouldn't work unless file-roller intercepted the app's 
(Firefox's) requests to pcmanfm.  It seems that file-roller does not do 
this, but as someone else suggested, another compression utility might 
have this added ability.

I may have missed something in this discussion -- I followed it lightly.

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