Wouldn't it be nice if there was an MFC-friendly class that would let you create ZIP files that could be read by PKZip/WinZip? If this class were trivial to use? If you didn't have to become an expert on "deflate" and the arcana of Huffman encoding just to get it compile? If you could just plug the thing in, and it would work, so you could get on with your life? If you didn't have to spend a week googleing for "zlib (compress OR deflate) (zip OR winzip)", and then try to decipher a conversation between two Russian mathematics professors?
Well, here's your answer! The
MyCompress class reads/writes a single file from/to a PKZip-compatible ZIP file. No, it doesn't support more than one file in an archive, spanning disks, encryption, or anything else. It does, however, compile cleanly under VC6 at Warning Level 4.
How to add the MyCompress class to your project
Here are the steps; follow them carefully:
- Add MyCompress.cpp and MyCompress.h to your project in the usual folders.
- Add MyCompressZip.c to your project, and use the "Project, Settings" menu item, "C/C++" tab, "Precompiler Headers" category, to set this one file to "Not using precompiled headers".
- Add MyUncompressZip.c to your project, and use the "Project, Settings" menu item, "C/C++" tab, "Precompiler Headers" category, to set this one file to "Not using precompiled headers".
- Be sure MyCompressZlib.lib is in your linker's include path, and the files MyCompressZlib.h and MyCompressZconf.h are where the compiler can find them.
- Add /NODEFAULTLIB:LIBCD to your linker options if necessary. The linker will bark if it's necessary.
How to use the MyCompress class
To compress a file, all you say is:
. . .
sCompPath are supposed to contain fully-qualified paths, like, c:\\Program Files\\Mumble\\TextFile.txt. The double-backslashes are not because I'm a bad typist. Also, the
Compress( ) method returns a
bool to indicate success or failure; if I were you, I'd check it.
(Uncompressing a file is just as trivial, and is left as an exercise for the reader. See the comments at the top of the MyCompress.h file if you can't guess the method's name.)
I wrote virtually none of this code. The original authors' copyrights remain intact in their files; however, I did rename their files to begin with "MyCompress" just to make it easier to group all the files together. The word "MyCompress" should not be construed as ownership, for Pete's sake: I couldn't begin to write code like this in a million years. I am good, however, at hunting things down, beating them into submission until they compile and link, and putting a simple wrapper around them.
The original authors
The geniuses who wrote this code deserve an enormous amount of credit. All I did was make their work really easy to use in an MFC project.
- The 'zlib' general purpose compression library, version 1.1.4, March 11th, 2002, is Copyright (C) 1995-2002 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler.
- The 'IO for compress/uncompress .zip files using zlib' source code, Version 0.15 beta, Mar 19th, 1998, is Copyright (C) 1998 Gilles Vollant.