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Is there any way to mount a zip (or tar, or any compressed file archive) as a volume on OSX?

If this is a stupid question for some reason (the structure of zip archives), that would be good to know too.

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Yep, if you install FUSE (Filesystem in User Space) and the fuse-zip extension. There is a GUI of sorts for FUSE called MacFuse that I'd recommend using.

You can use FUSE to mount all sorts of things including files over ssh or flickr (yes really!)

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Fascinating. Thanks for that and plus 11. Well, plus 1, can't do 11 just yet. –  Yar Jan 25 '10 at 16:38
    
It's a pretty interesting bit of software - the sshfs is really handy for pretending that remote files are local. –  Rich Bradshaw Jan 25 '10 at 17:14
    
and realizing that your hosting provider (GoDaddy in this case) breaks the connection every few minutes just for fun. Ugh. –  Yar Mar 31 '10 at 23:40
    
Nice... That's ridiculous! –  Rich Bradshaw Apr 1 '10 at 8:36

If you prefer simple drag-and-drop then you can use this app with MacFUSE too:

http://etresoft.org/zipmounter.html

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posted in 2010, have you tried this? –  Yar Oct 17 '12 at 16:37
    
Hi, I have OSX 10.6, and it works nicely. Somebody else has to try it with the Lions. :) –  biziclop Oct 17 '12 at 17:49
    
That's awesome, thank you. I might –  Yar Oct 18 '12 at 17:16

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