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Method of tracking unzipped files Disclosure Number: IPCOM000171060D
Original Publication Date: 2008-May-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-May-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Disclosed is a method of tracking the location of previously "unzipped" files. This method is different than existing prior art in that the location of the unzipped files is written back into the file descriptor of the aggregate file such that the user doesn't unzip multiple copies of the same file.

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Method of tracking unzipped files

Many computer files are distributed today in an aggregate file format colloquially known as "zipped". This includes all aggregated file collections such as TAR, JAR, EAR, RAR, .Z, gzip, .gz, etc. regardless if the aggregation is compressed or not. Typically, a user will "unzip" this "zipped" file which usually contains a collection of files. Often times, the user forgets where one unzipped the files. Many times the unzipped files get unzipped to an obscure "system" location where its contents sit consuming disk space. What is needed is a system by which the user is informed of the previous "unzipping" of the file and the location where its contents reside.

Proposed is a method of writing the directory location where the files where unzipped back into the file descriptor of the aggregate file. Additionally, updating "unzipping" utilities to examine this information prior to unzipping such that any prior "unzipping"s will be conveyed to the user such that duplicate "unzipping"s will be minimized. Also, updating the operating system's "mouse hover" information to display the unzipped location information in the popup text such that the user is made aware of the unzipped directory location without requiring an unzip operation. Finally, displaying this information in the "properties" dialog boxes that are displayed from the operating system.