Main menu - File - Unpack...


Activating the menu item "File → Unpack..." or the shortcut "Alt+F6" opens the dialog "Unpack".

View archive files without unpacking

In FreeCommander the content of archive files can be viewed without unpacking them explicitly.

Double clicking or activating the "Enter" key opens the highlighted archive file like a folder. With this, all items (files and folders) contained in the archive file are shown. Most menu items of the main menu item "File" can be applied to files and folders contained in an archive file, without unpacking the archive file. Copying and moving selected items of an archive file opens the dialog "Unpack".

Precondition

To show the content of an archive file, without unpacking it, its file extension is searched (in the column "Extensions" under the menu item "ToolsSettingsArchivePlugins" in the tab "WCX"). The identical dialog is shown under the tab "WCX" that is shown after activating the button "Configure..." in the "Pack files" dialog. The topmost, active pack plugin with the archive file extension (assigned under "WCX" in the column "Extensions") is used. If the extension is not assigned to a plug in, the archive file content is not shown.

If showing the contents of an archive file was activated with the shortcut "Ctrl+Page↓", attempts are made to open the archive file like described above. If the archive files extensions is not assigned to a plug in, the list of plug ins is processed from the first to the last line, if a plug in is able to open files with the extension of the file to be shown. If no plug in is able to open the archive file, its contents can not be shown.

Unpack archive files

After activating the menu item "File → Unpack..." or the shortcut "Alt+F6" it is tried first, if only archive files (known to FreeCommander) are selected in the active panel. Therefore the extension of each selected file is searched in the column "Extensions" under the menu item "ToolsSettingsArchivePlugins" in the tab "WCX". If a selected file cannot be opened by a plug in, the message "Please select only archive files for unpack operation" is show and the unpack process is canceled - otherwise the dialog "Unpack" is opened.


The "Unpack" dialog contains the tabs

the information bar

and the buttons

Tab Unpack


Selected item(s)

The content displayed under "Selected item(s)" differs according to the number of archive files to be unpacked:

  • One archive file to be unpacked
    If only one archive file is selected, the name of the file is displayed under "Selected item(s)".
  • Several archive files to be unpacked

If several archive files are selected, the number of files is displayed under "Selected item(s)".

from

The folder where from the archive files are to be unpacked is displayed under "from".

Target

  • Input field target
    The input field "Target" initially holds the folder from the inactive panel.
  • Option "Use current folder"
    If this option is checked, the folder in the input field "Target" is overwritten by the folder from the active panel. In this case "from" and "Target" folder are identical. After clicking the option again, the box is unchecked and the initial field content is restored.
  • Unpack in subfolder
    If this option is checked, a subfolder per selected archive file is created in the target folder, named like the archive file (without extension). All items of one archive file are unpacked to the subfolder with the corresponding name.
  • Button
    After activating the button a selection list with the favorite folders is shown. Clicking a folder overwrites the contents of the input field with the clicked folder.
  • Button
    After activating the button or the F4 key, the "Browse for folder" dialog is shown. Selecting a folder and activating "OK" overwrites the contents of the input field with the selected folder.

Include only files of this type:

  • Input field "Include only files of this type"
    The content of the input field "Include only files of this type" allows to limit (filter) the number of items to be unpacked from the archive files. This reduces the number of items to be copied. Wildcards and regular expressions are accepted in the input field. As soon as a filter is entered and an archive file tab is activated, the contents of the information bar Waiting for starting operation on: ...files ...folders is refreshed.
  • Button
    After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs (filters) in this field and the text "<RegExp>:" (to enter regular expressions). Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row.
  • Button
    After activating the button a selection list with filters (defined under the menu item "Folder → Filter → Set filter") is shown. Selecting a filter overwrites the contents of the input field with "<Filter>:" + "contents of the filter".

For overwrite decision

Under "For overwrite decision" can be defined, what should be done with files of the target folder, that have the same name as a file to be unpacked. The following overwrite options are offered:

  • Ask the user
    If this option is selected and a file with the same name (as the file to be unpacked) exists in the target folder, the dialog "Confirm overwrite" is shown, where the user may decide, how to handle the conflict.
  • Overwrite all
    If this option is selected, a file with the same name (as the file to be unpacked) that exists in the target folder is overwritten automatically (without user confirmation).
  • Skip all
    If this option is selected, a file is not copied, if a file with the same name exists in the target folder.
  • Overwrite older
    If this option is selected, only files with the same name are unpacked, if their last change date in the target folder is older than in the "From" folder. That means only more actual files are unpacked.
  • Overwrite smaller
    If this option is selected, only files with the same name are unpacked, if they are larger than the file in the target folder.
  • Auto rename target item
    If this option is selected and a file with the same name (as the file to be unpacked) that exist in the target folder, is renamed (the target folder file) without request. Example: the file "FreeCommander.exe" is renamed to "FreeCommander(2).exe". If "FreeCommander(2).exe" already exists, the new file is named "FreeCommander(3).exe", etc.

Overwrite hidden/system items

This option is applied when the file (to be overwritten) in the target folder has the attribute "system" or "hidden".

If this option is checked, these files are treated the same way as other files, concerning overwriting.

If this option is not checked, the following "Confirm overwrite" dialog is shown (independent of the selected overwrite option):



Overwrite read only items

This option is applied when the file (to be overwritten) in the target folder has the attribute "read only".

If this option is checked, these files are treated the same way as other files, concerning overwriting.

If this option is not checked, the following "Confirm overwrite" dialog is shown (independent of the selected overwrite option):



Preserve file/folder timestamp

If this option is checked, the creation date of the unpacked file is the creation date of the original item.

The creation date is set after the unpack process. Therefore the unpacking process must not be interrupted.

Tabs per archive file

One tab per selected archive file is shown, named with the archive files name.

Each tab lists all files and folders to be unpacked (from the corresponding archive file) with their paths.



Button

Activating the button reloads all files and folders from the archive files. This may be useful if they can be processed from various workspaces.

Quick filter bar


The quick filter provides the possibility to decrease the number of files to be unpacked (it is not applied to folders). If a quick filter is activated the option "Preserve file/folder timestamp" is ignored.

  • Input field
    The input field "Quick filter" allows to define a filter. (Example: ".bmp; .png; a*.htm")
    As soon as the focus is on this field and the first character is typed, the quick filter is activated and the button behind the input field is switched from to .
  • Button

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs (filters) in this field. Clicking the button activates the highlighted filter.

Information bar: Waiting for starting operation on: ...files ...folders

In each archive file tab the information bar (lowest window line) "Waiting for starting operation on: ...files ...folders" shows the information how many files and folders are to be unpacked.

Tab Settings

Under the tab "Settings" further settings for the unpacking process can be defined.



Auto close for successful operation

If this option is checked, the "Unpack" dialog is closed automatically, as soon as all unpack processes are successfully completed.

Auto close for canceled operation

If this option is checked, the "Unpack" dialog is closed automatically, after the unpack process was canceled.

Auto minimize when starting the operation

If this option is checked, the "Unpack" dialog is minimized automatically, after the button was activated.

Perform operation using unbuffered I/O (recommended for very large file transfers)

This option is not relevant for the unpacking process.

Button Queue

Pressing the button adds the unpack operation to the operations queue and starts the processing of the operations queue.

Activating the button in the operation queue bar opens the operations queue dialog.

File operations via the operations queue are described in the chapter Operations queue.

Button Run

After activating the button the unpack process for all archive files is started directly.

The "Unpack" dialog shows the following modifications:



The "Unpack" dialog and its modifications are visible only, if the option "Auto minimize when starting the operation" (in the tab "Settings") is not checked. The tab "Settings" is invisible during the pack process.

Pause

Clicking this option checks it and suspends the unpack process. Clicking it again unchecks the option and continues the unpack process.

Cancel

After activating the button (during the pack process) the request "Do you really want to cancel the operation?" is shown. After confirming the request, the "Unpack" dialog is closed (without further unpack processes). Already completed unpacked items remain.

Unpack progress

The pack progress is visualized as follows:

  • The message "x% unpacked" is shown in the title bar.
  • A progress bar is shown below the item list.

Unpack status of the items

In the item list each item is preceded by an icon that shows the unpack status of the item:

  •                Item not yet unpacked
  •        Item unpacked successfully
  •        An error has occurred during the unpack process of this item.
                   The item was not unpacked.
                   An error message is shown in the column "Error message" in the row of the item.
  •        The unpacking of this item was skipped.
                   The item was not unpacked.

The message bar shows the actually unpacked item.

Order of unpacking the items

The items are unpacked in the order of the archive file tabs. Within an archive tab the items are unpacked in the order in which they are listed in the tab.

Confirm overwrite

If the overwrite decision "Ask the user" is selected and a file with the same name (as the file to be unpacked) exists in the target folder, the dialog "Confirm overwrite" is shown, where the user may decide, how to handle the conflict.

Clicking the file icon opens the following pop up menu:

  • View
    After activating "View" the file is shown in the viewer
  • Properties...
    After activating "Properties..." the properties window for this file is opened.



Confirm overwrite

Under "Confirm overwrite" the file to be overwritten is shown struck out including its path, size and modification date.

If the modification row is bold, this file is newer than the other file.

With

Under "With" the file to be copied is shown including its path, size and modification date.

If the modification row is bold, this file is newer than the other file.

Overwrite

Activating the button "Overwrite", overwrites the file shown under "Confirm overwrite" with the file shown under "With".

Overwrite all

Activating the button "Overwrite all", overwrites all target files (with the same name like a file to be unpacked) without further confirmation.

Overwrite all older

Activating the button "Overwrite all older", overwrites all target files (with the same name like a file to be unpacked), if the modification date of the target file is before the modification date of the file to be unpacked (the file to be unpacked is newer). No further warnings are provided.

Skip

After activating the button "Skip", the file shown under "With" is not copied. The file shown under "Confirm overwrite" is not overwritten.

Skip all

After activating the button "Skip all", no more target file (with the same name like a file to be unpacked) is overwritten.

More options

Activating "More options" opens a pop up menu with the following additional options:

  • Overwrite all smaller (Copy larger)
    If this option is selected, all target files (with the same name like a file to be unpacked) are overwritten, if they are smaller than the files to be unpacked.
  • Auto rename target files

If this option is selected, all target files (with the same name like a file to be unpacked) are auto renamed first. Afterwards the "With" file is unpacked normally. Example: the file "FreeCommander.exe" is renamed to "FreeCommander(2).exe". If "FreeCommander(2).exe" already exists, the new file is named "FreeCommander(3).exe", etc.

  • Auto rename copied files

If this option is selected, the files to be unpacked are unpacked renamed. In the "With" folder the name of the file does not change. In the target folder the original file will be unchanged. Example: the file "FreeCommander.exe" is renamed to "FreeCommander(2).exe". If "FreeCommander(2).exe" already exists, the new file is named "FreeCommander(3).exe", etc.

Unpacking process

The conflicts regarding overwriting files are always solved directly by FreeCommander. The actual unpacking process and the saving of files depends on the used plug in. Finding the adequate plug in is described under "Unpack archive files".

If an archive file was stored encrypted, the password is required by the used plug in.

Button Cancel

Activating the button "Cancel", cancels the unpacking process and closes the "Unpack" dialog.