[Israel.pm] Unzip on the fly (with LWP?)

Gaal Yahas gaal at forum2.org
Tue Jun 8 07:53:26 PDT 2004

On Tue, Jun 08, 2004 at 05:16:57PM +0300, Roman M. Parparov wrote:
> Good afternoon,
> What would be the most elegant way to retrieve a zip file from
> a WWW url and unzip it on the fly.
> 1) The best result would be getting the unzipped data WITHOUT
> writing any file, let' say, into an array of strings separated by
> newline.

Surprisingly, this is (a bit) obscure.

Lifting code from the section "Low-level member data reading" in the
Archive::Zip doc, I get this. Untested:

    use LWP::Simple();
    use Archive::Zip;

    my $url         = XXX;
    my $name        = XXX; # name of zip file
    my $member_name = XXX; # name of file inside zip

    # Get the data from the network.
    my $web_content = LWP::Simple::get($url) or die "HTTP GET: $!";

    # Open a zip object.
    my $fh = IO::String->new($web_content);
    my $zip = Archive::Zip->new();
    my $status = $zip->readFromFileHandle($fh, $name);

    # Read from the zip.
    my $extracted_content;
    my ($member, $status, $bufferRef);
    $member = $zip->memberNamed($member_name);
    $status = $member->rewindData();
    die "error $status" unless $status == AZ_OK;
    while (! $member->readIsDone()) {
        ($bufferRef, $status) = $member->readChunk();
        die "error $status"
            if $status != AZ_OK && $status != AZ_STREAM_END;
        $extracted_content .= $$bufferRef;      #   [*]

    # $extracted_content now holds your complete data. You may of course
    # process it as a stream instead by altering the line above marked
    # with an asterix [*].

Gaal Yahas <gaal at forum2.org>

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