Asked Questions (FAQ) - Packing
Q: I have an archive
file of type xyz, but Total Commander cannot unpack it.
Is there a way to still unpack it with Total Commander?
A: Total Commander supports packer extensions,
so-called plugins. These support a range of additional
formats, like GZIP, RPM etc. Furthermore there is a
plugin, which can be configured in detail for calling
external packers. You can find all available plugins and
instructions to write your own on our add-ons page.
Q: Where can I
find the external packers supported by Total Commander,
for the formats ARJ, LHA, RAR, ACE and UC2?
A: You can find the links to these programs on
our add-ons page.
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Q: How can I unpack
Java archives (*.jar)?
A: Java archives are just normal zip files with
a different extension. They can be opened with
Ctrl+PageDown. If *.jar isn't associated with a different
program (Files->Associate with), you can also open the
file with ENTER.
Q: How can I see the
contents of self-extracting archives?
A: Select the file, and press CTRL+PageDown.
This works with normal and self-extracting archives as
well as with directories.
Q: Why doesn't Total
Commander support the new JAR packer from the author of
ARJ? It creates *.j files.
A: Unfortunately the JAR format is undocumented.
Its contents can only be determined by unpacking the
file. However, you can unpack JAR files with the
Multi-Arc plugin from our addons
page. This plugin directly calls the JAR packer.
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Q: Where can I find Zip-NT
by Info-Zip to pack files with long filenames?
A: You can find Zip-NT at the following WWW
Unfortunately this version does NOT support high ASCII
characters like German "Umlauts" and French or
Scandinavian accents! You should use the internal ZIP
packer which supports all this! You should only use
ZIP-NT if you need special command line switches like zip
file comments, freshen, or update.
Q: I have downloaded
ZIP-NT 2.01, but it just doesn't work!
A: First, you need to copy Zip-NT (only the EXE)
to a directory with a short name, e.g. c:\zip.
Then, choose Configuration - Packers and click on the
>>button behind the Zip packer field.
Now switch to the Zip-NT directory and select Zip-NT. You
can then click on 'Use Zip-NT' Total Commander will patch
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Q: I have installed
ZIP-NT, but when I use it, Windows 95 tells me that it
wants to start in DOS-only mode!
A: In Total Commander, switch to the root of
drive c: and press ALT+ENTER on command.com.
This brings up the property sheet of command.com. Click
on the 'Program' tab, then on 'Advanced'.
There are 3 square checkboxes: Only the middle of the
three must be selected! It reads 'Suggest MS-DOS mode as
Q: Zip-NT cannot find any
files to pack!
A: This happens if there is a PIF file which
contains a startup path. ZIP-NT will always start in that
path and therefore will not find any files to pack!
To correct this problem, you must modify either
dosprmpt.pif, command.pif or 4dos.pif, whichever is
present in your Windows directory.
In Windows 3.1 and NT you must use pifedit.exe to modify
them. In Windows 95 you can press ALT+ENTER on the PIF
files or on command.com/4dos.com directly.
F: Why doesn't Total
Commander open all CAB file types?
A: There are two types of CAB files: The
official CAB standard from Microsoft, which is used e.g.
by Windows, and the installation files from
InstallShield, which also have the extension .cab, but
have nothing in common with the CAB standard.
Unfortunately Total Commander cannot open those files,
because their format isn't documented.
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