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:

cp unix/Makefile . &&
make prefix=/usr generic_gcc &&
make prefix=/usr install

Command explanations

make prefix=/usr generic_gcc: This command overrides the prefix variable that is set to /usr/local in the Makefile and builds the executables for a linux system. The alternatives to 'generic_gcc' can be seen with a make list command.


The Zip package contains zip , zipcloak, zipnote and zipsplit.



zip compresses files into a ZIP archive.


zipcloak is disabled in this version of Zip. It will display a message about how to support encryption by recompiling with


zipnote reads or writes comments stored in a ZIP file.


zipsplit is a utility to split ZIP files into smaller files.