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bug#44904: Zip file deleted despite exit with warning.

From: Jason Robertson
Subject: bug#44904: Zip file deleted despite exit with warning.
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:27:07 +0000


I'm decompressing some very important files as we speak, and while attempting 
to do so, it returned a warning that "entries after the first were ignored" and 
failed to output any useful files. The sample usage was:

gzip -d foo.zip

This returned only a single, small, corrupted file called "foo." Now, I only 
see one entry there, and Googling the problem really didn't help. More to the 
point, though...the first time I did this foo.zip was deleted. Which is a 
problem since, as I mentioned, these are important files. Upon further 
examination, I see that the -k is necessary to prevent this from happening, but 
I'm surprised that a) default behaviour is to delete files after usage, and b) 
it would do so even after a warning or error? This latter behaviour is what I 
perceive to be a bug, above all else, though I find the default behaviour in 
general to be baffling and unintuitive.

Thanks in advance.

Jason W. Robertson, Ph.D. (he/him)
Research Associate, Brain Networks and Neurophysiology Lab
Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Management, and Perioperative Medicine
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Email: jason.robertson@dal.ca

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