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Can I mount a zip (or other non-solid (so that accessing a file wouldn't decompress the whole archive) compressed archive format file) as a file system in Ubuntu?

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Install the package avfs then execute:

mountavfs

Say you have a zip file in ~/Documents/file.zip, then

cd ~/.avfs/home/$USER/Documents
ls -l file.zip#/

You could also browse the content in Nautilus, but you need to add a trailing # character by hand to the path (Ctrl-L to access the address bar).

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In Nautilus, right click on the archive and then click "Open with Archive Mounter", once you've done this, your archive will show up as a new “drive” in Nautilus. (check tutorial here)

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