Utilities facilitate everyday tasks, such as keeping the clock up to date, archiving utilities, and more.
The command-line terminal utility ZIP creates files that are compatible with the time-honored PKZIP and WinZip. It is included in (K)Ubuntu by default. Extracting zip files can be done with the unzip utility. using the -P option allows using a password for the files:
zip -r -P mypassword desination.zip *
Note: The -r option indicates to include all subdirectories recursively.
FileRoller (Archiving GUI)
FileRoller is a GUI for many types of archival utilities.
X-archiver (Archiving GUI)
Xarchiver is a GTK-based GUI front-end for many archiving utilities. Install:
sudo apt-get install xarchiver
BChunk is a command-line utility that allows you to convert .cue and .bin files into an .iso file (so that they can be opened and manipulated in Ubuntu). Warning: If the bin/cue image has audio tracks, they will be lost.
sudo apt-get install bchunk
To convert .cue and .bin files, navigate to the folder and run this command (replacing filenames with your own):
bchunk inputfilename.bin inputfilename.cue outputfilename.iso
After the file is converted into ISO you can mount it using:
sudo mount -o loop outputfilename.iso /media/output
Navigate to /media/output and you should see all the content there. You can then copy it anywhere.
sudo umount /media/output
HJSplit Files Joiner/Splitter
HJSplit for Linux (Java version).
- Make sure you have Java Runtime Environment installed:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre
- Download the HJSplit JAR file:
- Create the directory for HJSplit:
sudo mkdir /opt/hjsplit
- Move the file to an appropriate directory:
sudo mv hjsplit_g.jar /opt/hjsplit/
cd /opt/hjsplit/ && java -jar hjsplit_g.jar
- Note: You could also make a terminal shortcut (menu item) in K Menu Editor.
Rar archives files into the proprietary .rar format.
sudo apt-get install rar
This application is a 40-day trial.
Unrar extracts files archived with the proprietary .rar format. A free version can be installed:
sudo apt-get install unrar-free
or the proprietary version (also free for noncommercial use) can be installed with the ubuntu-restricted-extras package or with:
sudo apt-get install unrar
The open-source 7-Zip archive format was originally designed for Windows (and DOS) but is also available for Ubuntu. The GNU/Linux version of 7-Zip does not come with a GUI, but Ark can hook into 7-Zip to handle 7z archives. Install:
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
Hard Drive Utilities
KDiskFree (Hard drive properties monitor)
KDiskFree is a KDE utility for monitoring free disk space, etc.
sudo apt-get install kdf
Also see these tips for partitioning scheme suggestions, other partitioning tools and methods, and usage of multiple partitions for multiple OSs.
GParted Partition Manager
Gparted is a GTK (Gnome)-based partition manager that can also be used with KDE.
- This utility works best when run from a LiveCD. Recent versions of the Ubuntu LiveCD have a copy of GParted on them. Start the Ubuntu LiveCD in demo mode (not in install mode) and then start GParted:
- Menu -> System -> Administration -> GParted
- An alternative is to download the Gparted .iso image here. Follow these instructions to burn this .iso image to CD. Use this GParted LiveCD as your partition manager.
- You can also install the package into your OS (once it is installed on your hard drive):
sudo apt-get install gparted