[Ex user query]
| Dear **********,
On **********, ********** wrote:
> Dear Administrator,
> I have been attempting to open a digital text from Repositorium but to
> no avail. I am trying to open the zipped zikSAsamuccaya but every
> time I try, I receive the message, "The Compressed (zipped) Folder is
> invalid or corrupted." I have had no problems with the pdf's. While
> I am not computer illiterate, I am by no means a computer expert so
> perhaps there is some problem with my execution of the esoteric
> workings of Windows as opposed to a problem with the text in
> question. I see there is another way to download the text but I must
> sheepishly admit that I do not know what a "tar.gz" is. Any
> assistance would be greatly appreciated.
> Many Thanks,
I'm not sure what the trouble may be. I've just tested the Siksa
archive and all seems as it should be:
[*****@proliant:3:distdir] % unzip -t zan_zs_utf8.zip
testing: zs_utf8/zs_01_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_02_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_03_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_04_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_05_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_06_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_07_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_08_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_09_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_10_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_11_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_12_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_13_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_14_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_15_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_16_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_17_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_18_utf8.txt OK
testing: zs_utf8/zs_19_utf8.txt OK
No errors detected in compressed data of zan_zs_utf8.zip.
Perhaps you might like to try a different unzipping program? By the
way, I think WinZip and a good number of others (incl. free) can handle
tar.gz or tgz archives.
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Indica et Buddhica: Materials for Indology and Buddhology
Nota Bene: All file archives are routinely tested before being uploaded to Repositorium. Although your unzipping program may sometimes complain that "The Compressed (zipped) Folder is invalid or corrupted." this is generally not the case. If you are in doubt please send us a message, but first, please ensure that you have tried to open the archive with a decent archive utility such as PKZIP.
That said, "unexpected end of archive" messages and the like may indicate that the download from the Indica et Buddhica servers may not have completed correctly. Web browsers are sometimes responsible for this. Our sites use HTTP compression to increase performance, to conserve bandwidth and to speed up download times. We have found, though, that certain versions of Internet Explorer are known to corrupt such material:
Article ID: 313712 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 2.4
Internet Explorer Loses the First 2048 Bytes of Data That Are Sent Back by Web Servers That Use HTTP Compression
The best solution is always to use a dedicated download programme:
Comparison of download managers
Personally, I've found Sun Microsystems' `Download Manager' especially useful (it can also automatically unzip an archive after the download):
`Sun Download Manager 2.0' is free and runs on any system with Java installed on it. It really is a splendid application, and can handle authentication to the Indica et Buddhica servers. To enable authentication do the following:
1.) File >> Options >> Authentication Tab
2.) Press `Add Host' Button >>
Protocol: HTTP (already set)
Then confirm with the `OK' button.
3.) Then -- so you never have to enter authentication details again -- ensure that `Save logins & passwords for authenticated hosts on disks' is ticked. Then confirm with `OK' button again.
4.) Then, in the main Download Manager Window, click the `Add' button and paste (for example):
and then again for:
and so on, for all the files you wish to download ...
5.) Finally, press the `Start' button to begin the downloading and subsequent unzipping.
This may all seem a little tedious but it really is less trouble than it seems, and it ensures that your downloads don't become corrupted. And of course you can use the `Sun Download Manager' for all your downloads from any site.