Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

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Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#1 Post by fzbill » 2013-08-31 22:21

I didn't see a Feature Request forum area, so I thought I should put it here.

I need the ability to download to a ZIP archive instead of a directory-file structure.

I think this would be a nice feature, in general.

I've seen at least one FTP program that has this feature.

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#2 Post by boco » 2013-08-31 22:39

As far as I know the ZIP algo is commercial, that would make it incompatible to the GPL.

Decision is with the dev as usual.
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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#3 Post by sand2710 » 2014-09-26 15:27

boco wrote:As far as I know the ZIP algo is commercial, that would make it incompatible to the GPL.

Decision is with the dev as usual.
Then use tar and compressors with a good license, would be a very nice and powerful feature, both in download and upload.

Download would be nice to have the option to select the files (and their path) to add to the archive manually or by some filter/criteria, timestamp, wildcard etc., same filter would be nice for upload.
Some hosting still doesn't have a decent panel with option to create archives, but in any case would be a directory or a set of files and directories in the current directory only.

There's still a lot of people working without versioning their changes and on hosting with ftp only on upgrades (ex: wordpress customizations) is difficult to track what they've changed, I can ask to create an archive with only the files of their changes but I see that is a slow process (is there in Filezilla a feature to download a file and its path without recreating the path manually?)

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#4 Post by botg » 2014-09-27 16:37

The right tool for the right job. I don't believe creating compressed archives is the right job for an FTP client. There are already specialized tools for that job.

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#5 Post by sand2710 » 2014-09-28 16:02

botg wrote:The right tool for the right job. I don't believe creating compressed archives is the right job for an FTP client. There are already specialized tools for that job.
Do you mean compress before upload and decompress on server? Because this isn't always possible.

In the end the compression isn't really my point, download/upload a set of files like now you do with queues but preserving the paths, I'm using filezilla 3.9.0.5 on linux and I can't find a way to do that, I'm missing something?

In ssh is so easy, jump to the server, create a tar with find, and download, that's it, same for upload, how would you do that with filezilla?

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#6 Post by boco » 2014-09-28 16:14

Do you mean compress before upload and decompress on server? Because this isn't always possible.
That's not supported by FTP/SFTP at all. Only SSH with shell access.
In the end the compression isn't really my point, download/upload a set of files like now you do with queues but preserving the paths, I'm using filezilla 3.9.0.5 on linux and I can't find a way to do that, I'm missing something?
What do you mean exactly? Transferring directory trees with FileZilla keeps the directory structure. Unwanted files can be filtered out with the Filename filters feature.
In ssh is so easy, jump to the server, create a tar with find, and download, that's it, same for upload, how would you do that with filezilla?
Since FileZilla doesn't support SSH/shell, you can't.
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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#7 Post by sand2710 » 2014-09-28 17:44

boco wrote:
In the end the compression isn't really my point, download/upload a set of files like now you do with queues but preserving the paths, I'm using filezilla 3.9.0.5 on linux and I can't find a way to do that, I'm missing something?
What do you mean exactly? Transferring directory trees with FileZilla keeps the directory structure. Unwanted files can be filtered out with the Filename filters feature.
I would like to download only a set of files, an option like "keep remote path structure" on manually queued files (that doesn't exist yet, or I'm wrong?), the "search remote files..." does what I need but on some server it take forever.

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#8 Post by botg » 2014-09-29 07:21

Have a look at synchronized browsing.

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Re: Feature Request: Download to a ZIP archive

#9 Post by sand2710 » 2014-09-29 11:55

botg wrote:Have a look at synchronized browsing.
synchronized browsing assume you have the same tree locally, but I don't want the whole tree locally.
Connect, select (add to queue) some file in different directories / subdirectories, download queued files preserving path structure, that's it.

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