How to Unzip a Zip File on Solaris


Zip files are archive files containing one or more other files inside them. Zip files are commonly used for distributing software on the Internet since they're smaller than the original files and many files can be downloaded with a single Zip file download. Sun's Solaris operating system's default CDE graphical user interface does not contain a graphical program for unzipping zip files, but Sun Solaris includes a standard "unzip" command. Unzip a Zip file on Solaris by opening a Terminal and using the Zip command.

  • Open a Terminal by right-clicking the desktop, clicking "Desktop" in the Workspace Menu, then clicking "Terminal."

  • Navigate to your Zip file's location in the Terminal window with the "cd" command. For example, if your Zip folder is stored in your user folder's Downloads directory, type "cd Downloads" into the Terminal window, then press "Enter."

  • Unzip a Zip file with the unzip command by typing "unzip," hitting "Space," typing the name of your file, then pressing "Enter." For example, unzip a zip file named "" by typing "unzip," then pressing "Enter."


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