Party like it's 1989



  • I've been using JDownloader for a while and it's a pretty decent program (despite being written in Java) for queing up a bunch of files from various locations to download.  After downloading a .RAR archive JDownloader can automatically extract all the files to your specified location and delete the original .RAR if the extraction goes off with no errors.  But then I noticed that nothing happens when I download a .ZIP file.  I always have to manually extract the contents.  Shirley this can't be right.  .ZIP files have been around for more than 20 years and Phil Katz made the .ZIP spec freely available from day one so that anyone could write their own .ZIP extractor.   But after digging around in the configuration settings for a while I couldn't find anything.  So I posted a question to their support forum and the answer was:@Support Guy said:

    use nightly branch + the new extraction addon.  Or wait for our next major update and extract zips with an external program until then.
    I guess the good news is that the current version is more than a year and a half old, so it probably shouldn't me more than a year or two before they release their next "major update" and finally catch up to 1989.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    .ZIP files have been around for more than 20 years and Phil Katz made the .ZIP spec freely available from day one so that anyone could write their own .ZIP extractor.


    Not to mention that zip files are supported directly in the J2SE API, whereas for RAR they had to find or write an additional library. I could understand not having support for zip64, but not supporting vanilla zip is bizarre.



  • @pjt33 said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    .ZIP files have been around for more than 20 years and Phil Katz made the .ZIP spec freely available from day one so that anyone could write their own .ZIP extractor.


    Not to mention that zip files are supported directly in the J2SE API, whereas for RAR they had to find or write an additional library. I could understand not having support for zip64, but not supporting vanilla zip is bizarre.
     

    That is indeed a WTF of elephantine proportions 😕 If I'd create a downloading tool the first thing I'd support or test with for that matter is the zip format 😕

     



  • @erikal said:

    That is indeed a WTF of elephantine proportions 😕 If I'd create a downloading tool the first thing I'd support or test with for that matter is the zip format 😕

    RAR is way more common in the JDownloaders' target audience/usage. They probably still use 50MB .rXX files.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    I've been using JDownloader for a while and it's a pretty decent program (despite being written in Java) for queing up a bunch of files from various locations to download.  After downloading a .RAR archive JDownloader can automatically extract all the files to your specified location and delete the original .RAR if the extraction goes off with no errors.  But then I noticed that nothing happens when I download a .ZIP file.  I always have to manually extract the contents.  Shirley this can't be right.  .ZIP files have been around for more than 20 years and Phil Katz made the .ZIP spec freely available from day one so that anyone could write their own .ZIP extractor.   But after digging around in the configuration settings for a while I couldn't find anything.  So I posted a question to their support forum and the answer was:@Support Guy said:

    use nightly branch + the new extraction addon.  Or wait for our next major update and extract zips with an external program until then.
    I guess the good news is that the current version is more than a year and a half old, so it probably shouldn't me more than a year or two before they release their next "major update" and finally catch up to 1989.

     

    And that specification has never changed, especially not as recently as 2007...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP_(file_format)#Version_history

     



  • @Buzer said:

    They probably still use 50MB .rXX files.

    But.... but I heard someone accidently 93MB of RAR files!


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