Friday, 18 November 2011

Review: Squeeze Archive Manager for Xfce

Squeeze Archive manager for XfceTo quote Squeeze developer Stephan Arts, "Squeeze is a modern and advanced archive manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Its' design adheres to the Xfce philosophy, which basically means Squeeze is designed to be both fast and easy to use."

Currently version 0.2.3 is the latest release of Squeeze. That's not a very advanced version number, reflecting the fact that Squeeze is indeed lightweight, and fast, at the cost of being functionally thin and undocumented.


There really isn't any user documentation. Or helpfiles. Engage brain, work it out yourself.

The good news is Squeeze isn't complicated, takes no time to work out; the menus will give you the key to the toolbar icons (all six of them; New, Open, Add, Extract, Delete, Cancel).

Create a new archive, Squeeze automatically creates .tar.gz type archive files. It doesn't appear to handle any other type.

The Add dialog for selecting files and folders for your archive is a two part process.
  • Select Files to add or Folders to add (only one object type at a type, please note) in the upper pane of the Squeeze window.
  • Add to the candidate list and you can mess around with this til you are ready.
  • Then in the lower Options pane (I still cant get any options to come up) you hit the plus-Add button by way of a commit action, only then does Squeeze go off and compress the archive.
That's really all there is to it. It doesn't strike me as any faster or slower than the equivalent File Roller archiving.  

Dependencies Squeeze depends on the following components:
  • Gtk+
  • Thunar-vfs
  • libxfce4util
  • dbus-glib
Roadmap
There is a roadmap for upcoming version 0.3, but no delivery date:
  • Add a settings dialog (to reduce cluttering of the main window)
  • Custom Archive Action (to support special actions like integrity testing)
  • Password Support (Bug #3072)
  • Improve the User-Interface
Download
You can get Squeeze through the Xfce software archives, as part of the Xfce4 software stack (by default in Xubuntu) or through the Ubuntu repos. RC