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KDE Unballer


KDE Service Menu

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KDE Unballer

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Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  1129
Submitted:  May 11 2004


Between new kernels, patches, and source, I found myself doing:
tar jvxf filename.tar.bz2
tar xvzf filename.tar.gz
unzip crappyformat.zip
all the time. So I wrote a script called unball to perform the same operations I was doing over and over... it recognizes bz2s, zips, gzs, tgz, rars, jars, and tars. Put the "unball" script in your path and the kdeunball.desktop script in your servicemenus directory. Its quite handy to type unball from the console instead of nineteen different options...

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 Improved alternative

 by ssokolow on: Sep 5 2005
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I got tired of unball's inability to deal with filenames containing spaces, that annoying but harmless error it displays, and the limited number of formats it recognized so I decided to improve it.

Long story short, I ended up rewriting it from scratch. My version should be drop-in compatible with the KDE menu entry but, since I switched from KDE to Xfce+Konqueror a while ago, I can't test it.

Anyway, it's at http://www.ssokolow.com/MyPrograms/Gentoo

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 Re: Improvements

 by ssokolow on: Sep 5 2005
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Oh, and I also added support for properly handling tar files compressed with formats other than gzip and bzip2 as well as replacing the directory creation for zip files with something that only does it as needed and works for any archive format.

Just expect a shock if you look at the code. My coding style has been called everything from esoteric to awful. (I have a habit of using boolean operators instead of if/else blocks and cooking up shell equivalents for constructs from Python's standard library.)

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 Re: Improved alterna

 by maitre on: Oct 31 2005
Score 50%

solid work, mind if I step on your toes and clean it up a bit?

interested in merging it back into the service menu...

"The bazaar software model doesn't work so well with everyone taking and not contributing back." - Fyodor
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 Re: Re: Improved alterna

 by ssokolow on: Jun 3 2006
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Actually, I'm working on my own service menu to be distributed along with the Nautilus (GNOME) equivalent to service menus, and the script itself.

I'd have it up already, but it's taking longer than expected to solve an "unace freezes up when called from Konqueror" bug.

By the way, sorry for the delayed reply.

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 Re: Improved alternative

 by ssokolow on: Mar 12 2008
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Update: In order to get nice integration with my Bazaar revision control, I moved it to https://launchpad.net/unball/

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