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I'm using RHEL 5.6 and unzip-5.52-3.el5. I'm trying to unzip a big file, but I get the error:

unzip -o -d unzip/
error:  Zip file too big (greater than 4294959102 bytes)
warning []:  4294967296 extra bytes at beginning or within zipfile

Is there another program that can work with large zip files or do I have to wait until unzip 6 comes to RHEL? (might be years!)


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If you've got Java on the box, you can use

jar xf
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saved me from having to bug the SAs to install unzip6. Thanks! – plor May 15 '13 at 20:19
life saved. [ beer token ] – Ade Oct 14 '13 at 22:17
I had a 16+GB zip file downloaded from my wife's phone using AirDroid, and this trick saved me a lot of trouble! – Bob Bell Oct 10 '14 at 18:52
Did the trick for me on Ubuntu. Thanks. – Chris Oct 26 '14 at 20:18
You literally saved my day. Thanks a bunch! – Hamdi Nov 27 '14 at 21:41

I've found good success with 7-zip, it appears they have a fedora core build as well that might work for you, the downloads can be found at Failing the fedora one, you can download the source and/or binary and try that.

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I played around with 7-zip (7z), but when extracting files from my zip it kept saying unrecognised format. – Noodles Feb 15 '11 at 1:54
Check if 7z isn't an alias for 7zr. Try running 7za. – Hubert Kario Feb 15 '11 at 3:36
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I finally ended up rolling my own rpm's for unzip 6, they can be found here:

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you can select your own answer as the one that solved the problem – Hubert Kario Feb 15 '11 at 3:37
I compiled the current unzip-6.0 from scratch - it didn't fix the problem. – reinierpost Jan 10 '12 at 10:28
rpm at worked for me – BKS Feb 28 '13 at 10:50

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