22 January 2015
These days, most files that are compressed come in 7zip, zip or tar/gunzip format, though there are a myriad of other types out there. I first cut my teeth on arj, but those were the days of DOOM, Slackware 3.0 and floppy disks. When you do come across an unfamiliar format, it can slow down your workflow to look for the right switches, which is where dtrx - “Do the Right Extraction” comes in. It will extract bz2, cab, cpio, deb, gem, gz, lzh, lzma, rar, rpm, xz, 7z and a variety of other niche compressions. It depends on Python, and you can install it with:
wget http://brettcsmith.org/2007/dtrx/dtrx-7.1.tar.gz tar xvf dtrx-7.1.tar.gz cd dtrx-7.1 python setup.py install --prefix=/usr/local # Then just make sure that you have /usr/local/bin in your cygwin path, with a line like # the following in your .bashrc PATH="$PATH:/usr/local/bin"
To quote from the features:
It’s really useful.