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Aligning Zip Elements For Use In Memory

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013275D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Patrick Mueller Tim Wolf

Abstract

The ZIP file format is widely used as a file archive format on computer systems. It allows multiple files to be stored in one single file. The format of the ZIP file allows for easily adding new files to the ZIP file or retrieving the data for a file from the ZIP file. The ZIP file format is documented in the document available via the URL: ftp://ftp.uu.net/pub/archiving/zip/doc/appnote-970311-iz.zip Because the ZIP format is a widely used format, and many tools and programming libraries exist to read and write ZIP files, it is logical to use the format when programs need to store multiple files in one archive. In this light, it is advantageous to use the existing ZIP file format to store multiple files in one file that will end up being stored in ROM memory. There are many benefits to this: just one file to worry about instead of many existing utilities exist to test, view the contents, and extract single files from the ZIP file.