Star Zip

This program was designed to zip and unzip disk images using the ZipCode algorithm. It can create and extract both diskpacked and filepacked ZipCode archives. Sixpacked archives and GCR-coded disk images are not supported. Star Zip is an external utility of The Star Commander but is also distributed separately.

1. Usage

   STARZIP [-]A <diskname> [-|/C|D|Ixxyy|S|Y] [<zipname>] 
   STARZIP [-]F <diskname> [-|/C|D|Y] [<zipname>] 
STARZIP [-]L <zipname>
STARZIP [-]T <zipname>
   STARZIP [-]X <zipname> [-|/4|7|8|C|D|X[D|P|S]|Y] [<diskname>] 



Type the path and the name of the disk images here (the extension is always ".d64" for 1541, ".d71" for 1571 and ".d81" for 1581 disk images). If you leave this parameter blank when unzipping, the name of the disk image will be determined by stripping the first two characters off of the name of the ZipCode archive. You can use wildcards to add multiple disk images and you can use long filenames, too.


Type the path, the base name and the extension of the ZipCode archive here (the default extension for ZipCode archives is empty). Leave this parameter blank and the base names of the archives will be the names of the original disk images. However, the names of diskpacked ZipCode archives have the structure "<number-of-part>!<basename>.<extension>" and for filepacked ZipCode archives it is "<letter-code-of-part>!<basename>.<extension>". You can use wildcards to list, test or extract multiple archives and you can use long filenames, too.


2. Error messages

3. Copyright and legal issues

This program is freeware. You may use it as long as you wish and you may give it to any individual, provided that it's in the original, unmodified archive. It is highly recommended that you download distribution packages from the homepage or other official distribution sites. If you get a package from somewhere else then make sure that the package has the author's authentic verification stamped on it.

The source of this program is distributed under a license that is similar to the GNU Public License but is more restrictive, for the protection of the users and the author. You may distribute only those modified versions or derived softwares that satisfy all restrictions in the license. When you distribute this program, modified versions of it or softwares derived from it, you may not ask for money above the normal fee of the distribution media itself. Furthermore, you may not publish this program or its source on floppy disks, CD-ROM's, FTP sites, WWW pages or any other distribution media, include it in a software compilation or bundle it with other software or hardware without prior permission of the author.

Note that public distribution of the beta releases of this program is prohibited. The only place where you can find them is the homepage.

This program is provided "as is", without a warranty of any kind. You are using it at your own risk. The author is not liable for any damage or data loss caused by the software.

4. The author

If you're interested in some similarly useful utilities then contact me at the E-mail address or visit my homepage at

Joe Forster/STA
11th January, 2010

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