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File-Unpack File::Unpack is an aggressive unpacker for archive files. We call it aggressive, because it recursivly descends into any freshly unpacked file, if it appears to be an archive itself. It also uncompresses files where needed. The ultimate goal of File::Unpack is to extract as much readable text (ascii or any other encoding) as possible. Most of the currently known archive file formats are supported. While The following perl modules are considered helpful, although we may run perfectly okay, if only a subset of these is available: - File::LibMagic, File::MimeInfo::Magic File::LibMagic is preferred, its underlying libmagic is activly maintained. Its database is very large, and it is much faster than File::MimeInfo::Magic Beware, that File::MimeInfo::Magic may derive a mimetype from the suffix, if nothing else works. - IO::Uncompress::AnyUncompress (perl-IO-Compress) - IO::Uncompress::AnyInflate - Compress::Raw::Bzip2 - Compress::Raw::Zlib - Archive::Zip - String::ShellQuote Do not use: - File::MMagic, File::MMagic::XS, File::Type These three are inferior, compared to the other options. - Archive::Tar It is pure perl, so it's a lot slower then your "/bin/tar" IT is heavy on memory, all will be read into memory. - Archive::Zip If you are just going to be extracting zips (and/or other archives) you are recommended to look at using Archive::Extract - "Archive::Extract" tries first to determine what type of archive you are passing it, by inspecting its suffix. It does not do this by using Mime magic. Maybe this module should use something like "File::Type" to determine the type, rather than blindly trust the suffix. Set $Archive::Extract::PREFER_BIN to 1, which will prefer the use of command line programs and won't consume so much memory. Default: use "Archive::Tar" -. We also rely on a range of command line utilities to be callable via the shell. INSTALLATION To install this module, run the following commands: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install SUPPORT AND DOCUMENTATION After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command. perldoc File::Unpack You can also look for information at: RT, CPAN's request tracker http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html?Dist=File-Unpack AnnoCPAN, Annotated CPAN documentation http://annocpan.org/dist/File-Unpack CPAN Ratings http://cpanratings.perl.org/d/File-Unpack Search CPAN http://search.cpan.org/dist/File-Unpack/ LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT Copyright (C) 2010-2013 Juergen Weigert This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License. See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.