[IAEP] [Etoys] Opening a zip file

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 11:16:55 EDT 2009

We really should fix this... either directly in the Journal or in an
unzip activity.


On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
> On 18.03.2009, at 13:43, Ro wrote:
> Hi! Thank you for all your suggestions. I also visit this pages and a read a
> lot of, but I can't find the answer.
> I download a book, it is compress, the XO let me open this book in Etoys and
> I don't now how to do that.
> Oh, I understand now. Sugar on the XO laptop only poorly handles zip files.
> This is not really an Etoys problem. I'm copying this message to the Sugar
> list because it might be helpful to others, too. Folks, please cc Rosaura (a
> teacher from Uruguay) if you intend her to get your reply.
> Etoys is the only pre-installed activity that can open zip files. When you
> click on a zip file in the Journal, it opens in Etoys, and Etoys shows a
> little menu (probably in the upper-left corner):
> The second menu option "extract all to ..." opens a dialog:
> This is the folder that the files inside the zip will be extracted to.
> Choose "tmp" which is near the bottom:
> Then press the "ok" button. This extracts the files to the folder named
> "/tmp".
> To be able to read them, you need to copy them to the Journal. Quit Etoys,
> and open the "Terminal" activity. Type "cd /tmp" and "ls -l", and then use
> the "copy-to-journal" command to make the book appear in the Journal:
> The "text/plain" part tells the Journal that this is a plain text file
> (because its file name ends with ".txt"). If the book is in a different
> format, you would have to tell the Journal a different type. For example
> "text/html" if the book name is ending in ".html" or "application/pdf" if it
> is ".pdf".
> Hope this works for you, if not please report back.
> - Bert -
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Walter Bender
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